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13/01/2016 10:56:56

Haiti - Reconstruction : Launch of the construction project of the new Ministry of Education
Tuesday at the Marriott Hotel, the President Michel Martelly accompanied by Nesmy Manigat, the Minister of National Education, proceeded to the presentation and launch of the construction project of the new Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP).

In the presence among others of the Prime Minister, Evans Paul, Renold Telfort, Director General of MENFP, Andris Riché, President of the Senate, Marina Gourgue, the Secretary of State for Vocational Training, and several executives of that Ministry the Head of State began by greeting the memory of teachers, principals, students, including 11 employees of the Ministry of Education who died under the rubble of the building during the earthquake of 12 January 2010.

The President Martelly also took the opportunity to salute the Haitian population in general, including government employees, those of the Ministry of Education, who spent several months under tents, as well as the 1,000 employees of the central office, which have not stopped working, despite the bad conditions.

"I am proud today to launch the construction project of the Ministry of National Education," declared the Head of State before unveiling the plan of the new modern building of MENFP. The construction of this new building will cost 12 million US dollars, of which 8 million financed by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) and 4 million by the Treasury. Work will start next March and should be completed to the new academic year 2017-2018.

The new building with an area of 8,000m2, will host a global capacity of more than a thousand people on 4 levels, it will have among other a large conference room that can hold over two hundred people an amphitheater with a capacity of 250 people, pf toilet blocks, cafeteria, modern offices and a parking for 88 vehicles.

"I will not be there as President, but as a private citizen, at the closing of the site which will be dedicated to the service of the Haitian people," continued the President Martelly satisfied that the Ministry will fully play its role in helping to change life of the citizen and his children, he invited the audience to show responsibility for the renewal of the country and education.

"This building is a vision of another State, a vision of public services to users. It was important that the ministry, organization symbol of school life in the country, offers employees better working conditions," indicated the Minister Manigat "The MENFP wants to honor fallen and project towards the future by presenting the new building of the Ministry." He took the opportunity to invite the community to engage in the renewal of education by supporting the Pact for Quality Education in Haiti.

The President Martelly who continues to believe in the improvement of the quality of education in Haiti reiterated his call to the next Parliament for it vote the FNE Act (National Fund for Education) which will enable the education system Haiti, to finally have the means of its policy.

SL/ HaitiLibre

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