Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti Needs Education Reform to Prosper

Although the Haitian government has claimed to focus on education, the stats on illiteracy, children who aren’t enrolled in school, classroom overcrowding, etc. are still unacceptable. Many agree that education is the key to improving Haiti but the current focus is often more on enrollment than graduation. The UN Special Envoy for Global Education has launched A World at School, a worldwide campaign to give millions of children a chance to learn. The daunting reality of Haiti’s children Woodline Gedeon, Miami Herald May 8, 2014 Every morning, little girls and boys dressed in neatly pressed school uniforms, crowd the streets of Port-au-Prince headed toward what many believe are the steps toward a brighter future. Yet despite the ongoing education emphasis in Haiti where the government is currently taxing its diaspora via remittances and phone calls to provide free education services, challenges […]

Teacher Strike Leads to Student Protests

Haitian students took to the streets May 7, protesting their cancelled classes. While teachers strike over low wages, students worry that they will miss their upcoming national exams. Haitian students protest over canceled classes Westport News May 7, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of high school students protested Wednesday in the Haitian capital, angry that a strike by teachers over wages forced the cancellation of classes for a third straight day. Boys and girls, many of them in their school uniforms, marched near the National Palace and blocked traffic while some hurled rocks at police. Officers eventually dispersed demonstrators with volleys of tear gas. There were no reports of injuries or arrests. Many public schools throughout Haiti have been closed because teachers are refusing to work until they receive wages promised by the government but delayed because the Senate […]

Dominican Children Denied Education Due to Haitian Ancestry

Due to misinterpretations of Dominican Republic law, many children with Haitian ancestry are being denied an education in DR. This is yet another consequence of the September 2013 immigration ruling that strips citizenship from countless Dominicans of Haitian ancestry. Report: Education limited for Dominican-Haitians Danica Coto, My San Antonio April 11, 2014 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Children of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic are increasingly being barred from attending school following a court ruling that could lead to tens of thousands of people being stripped of their citizenship, according to a report released Friday. Dozens of families with school-age children say they are being turned away or harassed due to arbitrary interpretations of the court ruling and Dominican laws, according to researchers at theHuman Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law Center who compiled the report. As a result, some children […]

Haitians Unified for Development and Education Scholarship

Haitians Unified for Development and Education (HUDE) is seeking applicants for the HUDE scholarship.  Thanks to the generosity of the Michael Andrew Glowski Foundation and all who supported last year’s benefit gala, HUDE is awarding TWO scholarships this year.  Each recipient will be awarded $2,000 towards college/vocational/technical school. To be considered for scholarship, applicants must be: A U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or Legal Resident of the United States Haitian or of Haitian descent (Parent or Grandparent) A resident of the State of New Jersey Between the 16 and 21 years of age GPA of at least 3.0 Applicants must be a high school graduating Senior or GED candidate applying to College/University or technical/vocational school Here are a copy of the Application, Award Recipient Release Form, and Scholarship Criteria. You can also apply online at The deadline is April 15, […]

L’université Aristide ouvre sa faculté des sciences juridiques et politiques

By Louis-Joseph Olivier, Le Nouvelliste July 10, 2013   L’université de la fondation Aristide a annoncé, lundi, l’ouverture de sa faculté des sciences juridiques et politiques, avant de lancer un séminaire de formation sur la médecine sociale. Ces initiatives sont le fruit de partenariats entre l’université Aristide et des universités étrangères. L’université de la fondation Aristide (UNIFA) a lancé les inscriptions pour une nouvelle discipline, les sciences juridiques et politiques. L’annonce a été faite, lundi, par Mme Nicole Phillips, professeur à ladite faculté, lors d’une conférence de presse organisée à l’occasion de l’ouverture de cette nouvelle filière d’étude. « L’université de la fondation Aristide est ravie de l’ouverture de la faculté des sciences juridiques et politiques. L’équipe de la nouvelle faculté reflète la même diversité et le même partenariat que la faculté de médecine, » a déclaré l’avocate américaine, Nicole […]

Aristide university in Haiti to create law school that will bring US legal scholars to teach

Associated Press July 8, 2013  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The university founded by former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is opening a law school program in the Caribbean nation, one of the faculty members said Monday. Nicole Phillips, a University of San Francisco law professor who will be among the new faculty members, said the four-year program at the University of the Aristide Foundation will train about 150 students a year to become Haiti’s next generation of lawyers. The first classes are scheduled to begin this fall. Like the private medical school associated with Aristide’s foundation, the law program hopes to bring U.S. academics to help students practice the profession. The University of the Aristide Foundation was founded in 2001 but closed three years later following the second ouster of Aristide. Aristide, a priest-turned-two-time president, spent seven years in exile in South […]

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