The Importance Of Education In Haiti

1415 Words 6 Pages
Known for great travesty, a country almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, Haiti is an island nation lacking in basic infrastructure that has led to shortages in its educational providings. I took interest in this topic because of the great natural disaster and I noticed that one of the issues that Haiti had was a lack of education.
The average family in Haiti has a per capita income of $400 and in rural areas only $100, making it the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This ties back to education because without the proper income, families cannot afford the enrollment and fees of education.
Food insecurity in Haiti remains persistent. Nearly one third of the population is food insecure. After the earthquake, the average number
…show more content…
Schools in Haiti are also in a need of desks, chairs, and teaching materials. These along with inadequate infrastructure are among the most noteworthy problems for teachers and students in Haiti. There are not enough school buildings in Haiti that have sufficient space for all the school-age youth along with lack of technology in the schools further limit learning. These shortages and bad facilities were made worse by the 2010 earthquake.(Ki-moon, 2010)
Many schools use outdated curricula. High dropout rates and low enrollment rates in Haitian schools are due to economic hardship, language barriers, and high repetition of grades rates. The quality of education suffers because of the lack of materials, expertise, organization and proper management. (Ki-moon, 2010)
Another factor that contributes to the lack of education in Haiti are that most schools don’t have electricity or water. (A World At School) Not having water makes education difficult because not having water means kids can’t have a sufficient water source during school and can’t stay hydrated. Without electricity light may not be available depending on the weather, and technology can’t be
…show more content…
Just like in America, when youth are removed from the classroom they end up on the streets. Being on the streets consequently makes them more exposed to armed gangs, drug dealers, sexual predators, and other criminal elements. Youth are more vulnerable to becoming victims of these elements or members of groups that commit violence against others. Girls are especially vulnerable to sexual violence, and other forms of violence because with a lack of money they are more likely to be kept out of school than boys. (Ki-moon, 2010) Improving education in Haiti will bring down the number of dropouts and youth that can’t get an education, which would improve these circumstances.
Peace education is a way to prevent and resolve conflict in Haiti. It’s goal is to teach students to deal with conflict in a peaceful and nonviolent way, rather than attempting to eliminate it. They achieve this through providing student experiences that reshape their attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills with ways that prepare them to help resolve disputes and prevent violence from growing or happening. (Ki-moon,

Related Documents

Related Topics