52% of Haitians cannot read or write. School is not free in Haiti and only 20% of Haitians have above a 6th grade education.
Everyone knows an educated person has the capability of surviving and prospering even in the most difficult environments. Education is very important to the people of Haiti. The problem is most cannot afford it.
While tuition is not high in most schools by American standards, it remains a constant source of difficulty in Haiti. 80% of all Haitians live on less than $2 per day. When you have so little money and so many mouths to feed, it is simply a matter of priority.
In addition to tuition, many schools do not provide a noon meal and children are expected to either bring their food or purchase a meal plan separately. Needless to say, often those children go without a noon meal. Also, uniforms are required in Haitian school with dress shoes to compliment the uniform. They must be alike and most are handmade. We choose to use Haitians to make these as we believe it is the best method to bolster the economy in Haiti by using Haitian workers.
In Haiti, national testing is required for advancement every 3 years of completion. This test is very expensive. It is often the reason why some do not go back to school at certain points. If you do not pass the exam your only option is to repeat the previous grade. With each advance segment, the test as well as tuition gets more expensive because the teaching requires more specialized instruction and those instructors are rare and expensive to keep on staff. This is also another setback to education in Haiti.
Haitian students are required to purchase their own books. Some classes will allow students to share while others will not. As a student advances the books become more specialized and expensive. Our proposal for Voice of the Children is to establish a share program and library to help hold down the cost of books for the students and make it more affordable for all.
Look at some more statistics.
- 58% of school have no toilets
- 23% have no running water
- 36% have no libraries
- Over 50% of teachers have no teachers training
- Less than 1% of people in workforce have a diploma/certification in their field
We WILL have a school with quality education for children and open door to the community. We want to develop a strategy for training and educating young men and women professionally with a trade. It will be staffed with trained and quality teachers with a passion for the children of Haiti.