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Education – Updated March 2011

The January 12 earthquake brought the educational system in Haiti to a screeching halt, affecting around
2.5 million children. According to the Post Disaster Needs Assessment conducted by the Government of
Haiti (GoH), sector damages and losses amounted to over $ 477 million and will require over $ 600 million
for fully reconstructing. Rubble clearance has posed the greatest challenge in the effort to reconstruct
schools.

Sector Summary (from Haiti Aid Map) Pre-Earthquake Snapshot


Number of Members* 23 55% of school-aged children are out of school
81% of children without secondary education
Number of Projects* 53
20% of children in public schools
Number of Communes Covered* 29 9% government expenditure on education

*The information above is compiled from project Post Earthquake Snapshot


information collected for InterAction’s Mapping 4,992 schools affected of which 3,900 damaged
Initiative. For detailed information on member 55,793 educational personnel affected
projects, please visit http://haiti.ngoaidmap.org 2.5 million children affected

Progress at 6 months Progress on January 12, 2011


1,664 temporary learning spaces set-up
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80% of affected schools reopened
http://www.interaction.org/haiti to obtain one-year
500,997 children provided with learning materials
reports detailing the work done by individual
2,300 teachers trained
member organizations working in Haiti.
3,000 educational personnel trained

InterAction Member Activities (from Haiti Aid Map)


 Building early childhood development centers, primary schools, classrooms and orphanages
 Rehabilitation of damaged schools and construction of safer schools
 Distribution of school supplies, materials and furniture
 Provide technical and operational support for local schools
 Education programs focused on human waste management and reforestation
 Pay teacher salaries
 Working with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on improving governance
 Increasing awareness through media channels (television and radio) for people with disabilities

Challenges
Accelerating site clearance (Rubble removal)
Loss of government records
Land tenure
Government capacity to operate more public schools

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InterAction Members (from Haiti Aid Map)


 Action Aid International USA  Direct Relief International
 All Hands Volunteers  Episcopal Relief & Development
 American Jewish Joint Distribution  Food for the Poor
Committee  Lutheran World Relief
 American Red Cross  Mercy Corps
 America’s Development Foundation  Operation USA
 Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team  Plan
(AMURT)  Save the Children
 Baptist World Alliance/Baptist World Aid  United Methodist Committee on Relief
 Brother’s Brother Foundation  United Way Worldwide
 Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation  World Hope International
 Christian Blind Mission  World Vision US, Inc.
 Church World Service

Source(s): United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), Haiti Education
Cluster, Global Campaign for Education

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