Resolution on the campaign for quality public education for all in Haiti

published 25 July 2011 updated 31 March 2017

The 6 th Education International (EI) World Congress meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22 nd to 26 th July 2011:

Noting that state schools only account for 15% of the Haitian education system;

Affirming that only 8% of the national budget is allocated to education;

Lamenting the fact that education costs in the private sector are met directly by parents;

Affirming that the majority of private schools seek only to make a profit, thus undermining the social role of schools and the quality of education;

Recognising that education is a human right and that the Haitian constitution of 1987 grants it free-of-charge;

Noting the commitment made by Haiti in 2000 in Dakar to education for all;

Pursuant to the resolution adopted by the Caribbean/North American region of EI at a meeting held on 23rd and 24th February 2010 in Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Tobago on a campaign for quality public education in Haiti;

And following the resolution adopted at the 8th congress of the CNEH on 3rd, 4th and 5th March 2011 on the need for a campaign for public education covering the period between 2011 and 2014;

Mandates the Executive Board to

Support the campaign for quality public education for all in Haiti as part of reconstruction efforts following the earthquake of 12thJanuary 2010;

Call on member organisations to put pressure on their respective governments to honour their commitments on protecting education from budget cuts;

Recommend that EI leaders meet with the Haitian Ministry of Education to support the lobbying of CHEH for quality public education that is free of charge.