By Haiti Support Group (UK)
published in Haiti Briefing, Number 73, February 2013
On May 26, 2011, just 12 days after his investiture as President, Michel Martelly made his first major policy pronouncement: the launch of the National Fund for Education (FNE). Its aim was simple: get 1.5 million of the Haitian children not regularly in school into the classroom by the end of his five-year mandate. As a basic UN Millennium Development Goal, the ambition was widely applauded by Haitians and foreign donors alike.
Ecole Shalom, Croix-des Bouquets, December 28, 2011
….Sadly, one thing does confirm Martelly’s assertion that none of the Fund has actually been disbursed: there has been no discernable boost to the Haitian education system. While a number of pupils who had not previously attended school are now getting ‘free education’ (albeit far fewer than the government claims, as its figures include pupils already in free education), both public and private schools have been overwhelmed by an intake of unfunded students for whom they are unable to provide the basics, not least teachers.