The Millennium Development Goals are markers of economic and social progress for the developing nations around the world. The United Nations have established areas that garner necessary attention from the global community which will make a difference to the marginalized individuals living in impoverished conditions. To achieve universal primary education for all the children of the world is to support the fundamental human right that so many boys and girls never experience because of the economic and political conditions in which they are living. Team HavServe is determined to support primary education for the children in the Village of Lebrun, and promote access to primary education for all Haitian children. Nevertheless, fulfilling this effort by 2015 will require a strong presence of global outreach.
While Haiti has been increasingly afflicted by economic difficulties since the devastating earthquake in 2010, it has long been a country with troublesome statistics. Before the earthquake, 70% of the population in Haiti was living on less than $2 a day. The majority of the citizens in the city of Port-au-Prince were surviving in slum conditions and 80% of education in the country was being provided in poor-quality private schools. Government provided schooling has generally afforded better education; however, it is not readily available in all towns, and therefore all Haitian children do not have the opportunity to realize its benefits. The need for a proper primary education has never been more vital for people living in developing nations. A recent UNICEF report explains that children living in poor conditions are less likely to make the transition to secondary education, and are more predisposed to experience human abuses such as child marriage, violence and domestic labour. These startling facts are amplified by the reality that girls are the most prone to experience those injustices.
Delivering primary education to all the children of Haiti is an issue that has been continually confronted during the country’s progression. The United Nations has been gathering crucial information regarding the impact of the Millennium Development Goals in countries around the world. As of June 2011, Latin American and Caribbean nations have shown high enrolment in primary education, indicating that there is a present degree of compliance with the target goal. However, if the current trend persists, the progress that has been made is insufficient to achieve universal primary education in this region by 2015. Within Haiti, the ever-present effects of the recent disaster place the Haitian people in a deeper vulnerable position. The earthquake of 2010 destroyed 4000 schools across the country.
Since the earthquake, the world has united to aid in the recovery of Haiti. Within six months after the earthquake, 39 schools were constructed and in use. In the last 18 months, training has been provided for 13,149 teachers and 7842 teaching staff, and the distribution of learning tools has assisted 952,122 students. Progress of this magnitude is appreciated and applauded, yet, in a country that is so deeply devastated by economic and natural disasters it is crucial that we continue to shed a light on the reality in Haiti. Haiti requires more qualified teachers because at the moment there are not enough to deliver the necessary academic programs. Furthermore, it is important that there is a focus on equity in education. It is imperative for children to receive a basic primary education and economic factors (distance, disability and insufficient resources) should not obstruct its delivery.
There is still time. The United Nations projects universal primary education for all the world’s children by 2015 and that is what we can accomplish. We can make a difference and solve this crisis together. It is an issue that needs the devotion of time, and we need to work in cooperation as individuals, organizations and governments in order to make this Millennium Development Goal a reality. Thanks to the tireless efforts of so many, progress is evident within Haiti and the educational endeavours within its borders, but now is the time to work harder and deliver the greatest effort. Let us be a part of providing children with the support and tools to grow through education.
Kindly visit: www.havserve.org/education to learn more about supporting primary education in Haiti.