The Haitian education system has characteristics that are hard to find anywhere else in the world. Only 20% of the primary schools and 10% of secondary schools are publicly funded. The status and salaries of teachers are low. It is common to find one teacher for 300+ students and most are unqualified. Half of the population does not attend school and the vast majority of those who do attend go to private schools. During the violent unrest in the country, the normal functioning of schools was disrupted. Legally, primary education is free, universal and compulsory, but this has never been the case in Haiti and is still far from being a reality. Most rural children do not have access to public schools. The costs of fees, books, materials and uniforms are not within the realm of possibility for most families.
The literacy rate is very difficult to confirm, but estimates indicate it is likely as low as 50%.
CTF is contributing to efforts to attaining quality EFA in Haiti and increasing CNEH’s capacity to serve its members.