Haiti - Education : Back to School, a historic success for Martelly (Speech)
For those who are part of the program and who had already paid their school fees to the institutions concerned, they will be reimbursed, has announced the President, who also invited all concerned to remain calm, during that the things are progressively put in place during the first weeks. A contact number was disclosed in order to take note of the concerns and complaints (509) 3800 0008
The Head of State has renewed his promise of universal and free education for all students before the end of his mandate, and invites the beneficiaries to enjoy of this privilege.
Speech of the Head of State :
"...promises are debts, today we move from words to action, the action for a total of 772.000 children in the country of Haiti, today is a great day for all the people of Haiti, the Article 32 of the constitution has been able to be respected, as you know USD$0.05 of every minutes of international calls and USD$1.50 of each money transfer are going in the National Fund for Education (FNE), we say thank you very much to the diaspora, these small amounts have allowed the people to have access to school for free, there are four groups that will have the free school in all the ten departments of the country.
The first group is 142.000 children in the first year fundamental, children ages 6 to 12 years in the great North, the great South, among the children who have never been to school, children who were left out, the children than the other system in place have never occupied.
The second group is 120.000 children in the West and Artibonite in the first year fundamental in all schools who agree to enter this program
The third group is 490.000 children attending national schools throughout the country, first to sixth grade fundamental, they will not have to pay the fees [the 100 gourdes annual]
The fourth group is 20.000 children from the neighborhoods of Grande Ravine, Ti Bois, Cité Soleil, Bel Air, Solino, Delams 2, Carrefour, Martissant, Bolosse, Carrefour Feuilles and others from the area of Port-au-Prince, neighborhoods that are considered as poor neighborhoods, I wanted to bring these children to school.
Students in the National School of Tabarre together with other the 490,000 other students from the National schools across the country, will not have to pay for school, this is a beautiful thing, to help all parents who have no means. I also gave instructions to officials of the transportation company Dignité so that it transports the children of the people at the school for free.
We will meet the challenge 'Tet Kale', and step by step, we will move forward to reach to put all the children of the country to school quickly and for free.
I remind all parents of children who are in school, the program has just begun. So there may be some small problems, but we ask everyone to be patient because we are working to resolve all these problems.
The challenge in which I am committed body and soul and the first results have required innovative initiatives, seem more and more eloquent. Who would have thought a few months ago, that 142.000 children aged 6 to 12 years, supported completely by the public authorities would find themselves today for the first time on the way of the school in the departments of Centre, North, Northeast, Northwest, the Grande-Anse, Nippes, South and South-East ?
Who would have imagined that 490.000 children spread throughout the country, would not have to pay school fees in public schools and that 772.000 students would receive a school grant ?
Finally, who has ever thought, that in the same way that in all countries throughout the world, that all children who are in uniform, would be entitled to free transport to go to school ?
That's a manifestation of the will that I have to offer, to all the persons, that no one in the society take care, an opportunity to access a better tomorrow, to relieve the parents of these children, who have all sorts of difficulties because they do not have a good job or even because they do not work at all..."
Martelly President was pleased of this achievement and has renewed his gratitude to all those who, in one way or another, have largely contributed to that first step, especially the members of the Haitian diaspora.
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