Haiti, an impossible return to school?

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Numerous schools were devastated by the earthquake that hit southwestern Haiti on August 14, 2021. © RFI / Stefanie Schuler

By: Mikaël Ponge Follow |

Mikaël Ponge Follow

22 mins

More than two weeks after the earthquake of August 14, 2021 in the southwest of Haiti, a question is becoming more and more pressing: can the return to school take place?

The authorities for the moment maintain the objective of September 6.

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Among the tens of thousands of buildings damaged or completely destroyed by the powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale which hit southwestern Haiti, there are many schools. Last week, the Haitian Minister of Education declared that the return of affected children to class was one of the priorities of the interim government. The date of September 6 for the start of the school year is maintained for the moment. But on the ground, reality seems to speak a whole different language. Besides the material damage, many teachers themselves have lost everything and have to deal with the emergency. For parents too, how can you pay when you are deprived of resources when 80% of schools in Haiti are private and therefore paying. This is a report by our special envoys Stefanie Schüler,Nicolas Benita and Marc Kingtoph Casimir.

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