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Haiti - Education : 100 million from the FNE to pay school fees for poor families children
13/09/2019 09:30:31

Haiti - Education : 100 million from the FNE to pay school fees for poor families children
Thursday, as part of the support of the schooling of students and back to school support for the 2019-2020 school year, Joseph Frantz Nicolas Director General of the National Fund of Education (FNE), accompanied by Pierre Josué Agénor Cadet, Minister of National Education and President of the Board of the FNE proceeded at a press conference to the signing of 3 conventions supporting schooling for a total of 100 million gourdes.

This aid of 50 million Gourdes to the presbyteral schools, 40 million to the Federation of Protestant Schools of Haiti and 10 million to the Episcopal Church in Haiti is intended to pay school fees for children from low-income families children and promote access to quality education for children attending schools enrolled in the networks of these organizations and promote inclusion.

According to the clauses of these agreements, this support of the FNE will be used exclusively to pay the schooling of the beneficiary students. Each school affected by this intervention will produce a report outlining the distribution of funding received for student education.

In his speech Joseph Frantz Nicolas recalled that the FNE was designed inter alia to intervene in the care of schooling, the construction and/or repair of school infrastructure and training of teachers.

On the side of the cosignatories, Father Mazile Jean, on behalf of the presbyteral schools, said that with 40 million gourdes received last year, 20,500 students from nearly 490 schools were affected, ensuring that with 50 million this year, more children will be able to enter and stay in school this school year.

Representatives of the Federation of Protestant Schools of Haiti (FEPH), Christon St. Fort and Etzer Paul, said that more than 11,000 children from nearly 450 schools were beneficiaries last year of 30 million Gourdes granted by the State. Mr. St. Fort welcomed the initiative while emphasizing the usefulness of this financial support. The FEPH receiving 40 million gourdes this year promises that this aid will be invested in the access and quality of education.

Moreover, the Episcopal Church, represented by the Reverend Frantz Casséus, who for the first time benefits from this support, ensures that its 10 million gourdes will help bring back some children to school.

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