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Haiti - Education : Michaëlle Jean in Haiti next week
15/09/2012 09:30:45

Haiti - Education : Michaëlle Jean in Haiti next week
The good news are succeeding in the education sector in Haiti and Michaëlle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy, will take note of progress made during a visit to Haiti from 17 to 23 September. Among the success that Haiti can be proud, we can note the signature on 16 August, of a framework agreement between the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training and several universities Haitian and Canadian to revive the Haitian education system.

To this is added the forthcoming opening of the new campus Roi Henri Christophe of the State University of Haiti (UEH) to imonade in the north, donated by the Dominican Republic (buildings and equipment). Michaëlle Jean, will be on the new campus on September 21 to celebrate with many dignitaries, [Representatives of the government, the international community, of the UEH and local authorities], the imminent arrival of 1,500 students. It is a memorable moment in the development of higher education in Haiti, not only for the northern region, which now has a new high-level institution, but for the entire country. This campus represents a further step towards the decentralization of the UEH in favor of regions, in order to counteract the exodus of young people in search of knowledge, which had no other choice to go to the capital to continue their studies.

"The imminent arrival of the student body on the campus of Limonade delights me, because it instills hope to an an entire youth, whose it is necessary to support their dreams of becoming engineers, health professionals, agronomists, managers, computer scientists, economists, entrepreneurs, specialists in maritime professions, civil servants. Graduates of Campus Roi Henri Christophe will be able to contribute with all their skills and all their energies to the recovrey and the progress of their country, indicated the Special Envoy of UNESCO. My dearest wish is that this institution became one of the centers of excellence of the State University of Haiti firmly invested of its primary mission, to train a new generation able to participate to the economic and human development of Haiti."

Michaëlle Jean, who is a member of the Executive Council of the Campus Roi Henri Christophe, intends to participate actively in the development of this institution "I will employ with all my energy in a spirit of cooperation with the Executive Council of the State University of Haiti, the Management Board, the government authorities and the civil society in the North."

She will also visit Jacmel, where she will inaugurate on September 18, two computer labs which bear the name of her mother Luce Depestre; one in Lycée of young girls and the other of the Diocesan unity of teaching, of research and service, which is a branch of the University of Notre Dame d'Haiti. Mrs. Depestre, born in Jacmel, has struggled for the universal access to education and defended with vigor and conviction the rights of women.

The equipment of these computer labs have been provided by the University Quisqueya, Citibank, Digicel, the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), the Société financière haïtienne de développement, and the French Cooperation Mission. They will allow the student body to refine their knowledge and to open to the world by having access, through the Internet, to a quantity of resources and information.

Michaëlle Jean will also meet during her visit to Haiti, several members of government to discuss many issues in education, culture and sustainable tourism development.

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