Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Hungry to learn

By Asha-Rose Migiro Daily News and Economic Review Mine is the rare job that allows me to meet, within the span of a very few hours, both a president and a homeless mother. Each told me the same thing. Three months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, President Rene Preval welcomed me to his offices in Port au Prince – a modest building in the gardens behind his ruined presidential palace. Education, he said straight off, must be a cornerstone of the international effort to rebuild Haiti. Without that, there is no future. Not long after, I visited a tent city crowded with thousands of displaced families. A slender mother pushed her bright-eyed child, no more than 8 years old, toward me. “He wants to learn,” she told me with calm insistence. “Give him the chance.” Two people, occupying very […]

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