Children reared in disadvantaged communities and poor families earn less money and don’t have the same access to education. Because of this, people born into poverty are likely to continue to live that way as adults. By providing a viable opportunity for free, quality education, we can help them escape their predestined futures and allow them to work towards advancing their own communities.
According to UNICEF, the total adult literacy rate in Haiti is about 48.7%, which greatly contrasts the 90% average literacy rate for Latin American and Caribbean countries. A U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) early grade reading assessment revealed that roughly 75 percent of children at the end of first grade and nearly half of students finishing second grade could not read a single word. With the introduction of previously absent books and learning assistances, we can increase national literacy rates and ensure that students are getting the most out of their education.
Expanding past secondary school
Out of the already-low primary school enrollment rate, less than 22% of children move on from elementary to secondary education. Of the approximately 2,190 secondary schools in Haiti, 90.5% of secondary schools are private and 78% of them are in urban areas. We started with the foundation of a proper education- primary schools, but are looking to expand to secondary education if our efforts prove successful. By increasing the quality of public primary school education, we can prepare students to further their education.