IMAGINE IF YOU COULDN’T READ THIS SENTENCE

Over 50% of Haitian adults can’t.

Currently, the majority of Haitians lack access to quality education; a prerequisite for sustained social and economic development. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, constantly plagued by powerful earthquakes and economic troubles that make attending school nearly impossible.

PRIVATE EDUCATION IS EXPENSIVE

Many of the only educational opportunities are through the hefty tuitions of private schools, funded by foreign governments and religiously affiliated organizations.


PUBLIC VS PRIVATE EDUCATION IN HAITI

Public

  • Make up 10% of primary schools

  • 50% of teachers lack basic qualifications, and 80% of teachers have not received any pre‐service training

  • Government funding has proven unreliable, leaving schools with no stable operating budget and lacking basic classroom materials

  • Classes are taught in Haitian Creole

Private

  • Make up 90% of primary schools

  • Managed by foreign governments, religious organizations or NGOs

  • Ask for tuition fees on top of the cost of transport, books, and mandatory uniforms

  • Classes are taught in English and French- neither of which are the native  language of Haiti


If I had found the same kind of opportunity at a public school, I would have worked there. There are limited jobs in public schools and wages tend to be lower in non-public schools.
— Innocent Samuel, Haitian Third Grade Teacher
 

HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT

The vast majority of Haitians live in rural areas, which are practically untouched by both private and public institutions. Project Espwa reaches out to address the needs of public schools across Haiti while also focusing on areas that lack proper government funding. In doing this, we support public, free for all education, and allow students to develop skills in their native tongue.