Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Education and Jobs A Priority Says Haiti’s President

South Florida Caribbean News Without the assistance of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) even with its limited financial resources, and the resources of the international community, Haiti would not be able to recover from the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country earlier this year, H.E Rene Preval, President of Haiti said Friday. Haiti has been one of the major items on the agenda of the Twenty-First Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in Roseau, Dominica with discussions having been conducted with the World Bank on Thursday and with the Organisation of American States and the Inter American Development Bank on Friday. President Preval joined his colleague Heads of Government around the table on Friday morning. At a press conference Friday afternoon, President Preval said that CARICOM was trying to assist his country to access from the International Financial Institutions […]

With Haitian Schools in Ruins, Children in Limbo

By SIMON ROMERO PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Thousands of schools in and around this devastated capital could remain closed for months or never reopen, according to Haitian and United Nations education officials. That leaves vast numbers of children languishing in camps or working in menial jobs as they struggle to survive. Even before the Jan. 12 earthquake, only about half of Haiti’s school-age children were enrolled in classes, a glaring symbol of the nation’s poverty. Unicef, basing its estimates on talks with government officials, said that more than 3,000 school buildings in the earthquake zone had been destroyed or damaged. Hundreds of teachers and thousands of students were killed, and officials are questioning the safety of the remaining buildings after violent aftershocks in recent weeks, making the goal of Haitian education officials to reopen many schools by April 1 seem increasingly […]

In ruined Haiti schools, educators see opportunity

By JONATHAN M. KATZ , AP PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — After seven weeks with seven kids huddled under a shelter of tarps and bed sheets on the median strip of a busy road, Lissithe Delomme says the Haitian government can’t reopen schools fast enough. “If they would open right now I’d be pretty happy,” she said, trying to ignore the tumult of two of her boys wrestling as she fried up a batch of plantains for sale. “They’re just sitting around doing nothing.” The Jan. 12 quake dealt a devastating blow to Haiti’s already struggling schools: More than 80 percent in the earthquake zone were damaged or destroyed. All in Port-au-Prince and the other affected towns remain closed, and with tens of thousands of bored and restless children living in increasingly squalid encampments, patience is growing short. On Monday, a group […]

The Education for All Development Index

From the Education for All Global Monitoring Report Education-for-All-Devt-Index

The Rights of the Child in the Inter-American Human Rights System (OAS)

From the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Rights-of-the-Child-in-the-Inter-American-Human-Rights-System-2008

RFK Right to Education Report

Right to Education of Afro-descendant and Indigenous Communities in the Americas: Report prepared for a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights RFK-Right-to-Education-report-March-20081

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