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Haiti - Back to school : The PM on tour in Grand'Anse
A tour whose beginning was stormy when the presidential procession, after leaving the Jérémie terminal for the city, was the target of stone and bottle throwing, particularly in "Nan Site", a poor neighborhood at the entrance of Jérémie where the police had to use tear gas grenades and live shots in the air to free the Head of Government...
Accompanied among others by Nesmy Manigat, the Minister of National Education, Henry carried out the inauguration ceremony of the École Nationale Ducasse René and the École Nationale Lifranc in the department of Grand'Anse, two establishments brand new schools, financed by the diaspora via the National Education Fund (FNE), in the presence of many student teachers and local authorities.
Let's rcall that as part of the construction project for 51 Government educational establishments launched in September 2021, to date, 8 schools have been inaugurated, 17 are already completed and awaiting inauguration, while 26 others will be ready by next December to be inaugurated from January 2024.
In his speech, Ariel Henry declared :
"[...] This ceremony is part of my Government's determination to both continue to work on the construction and reconstruction of school infrastructure adapted to the population and to promote quality education for all.
[...] The Government does not forget parents, school principals, teachers and students in difficult situations on the first day of school due to gang violence, particularly in parts of the capital and in Artibonite.
More than a million unique books and workbooks will be distributed free of charge in the 10 departments for all children, whether they attend public or private schools, particularly those in the first 2 years of school. School kits and uniforms will be distributed in several public schools.
The Government is taking various measures on the occasion of the school joining to relieve mothers and fathers : the program intended for around 500,000 parents of national and municipal schools will receive 15,000 gourdes in 2 parts, has already started.
[....] The Government supports the initiative of the Ministry of National Education and its partners to resume learning activities as soon as possible.
[...] The school canteen program is expanding in more and more schools across the country to help children learn in better conditions. We take this opportunity to thank the support of several partners, including the World Food Program (WFP), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, who support the national school feeding policy based on local products.
[...] The Government of the Republic has issued instructions for this year, National Education and the National Identification Office (ONI) are taking all measures to ensure that all students have a Unique National Identification Number (NINU) and a map https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-20893-haiti-politics-good-news-for-the-identification-of-haitians.html . It is time for Haiti to identify all its children [...]"
In Port-au-Prince, traffic was fluid, and the start of the school year was discreet, with several neighborhoods being under the control of armed gangs. Some private schools have opened their doors to accommodate a reduced number of students, while public schools have mostly remained closed."