Last year, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of a $50 million grant to support the education reform Haiti launched in 2010; the goal is to expand access to free, quality education for all Haitian children. Though the Constitution requires that a public education be offered free to all people, the Haitian government has been unable to fulfill this obligation. To improve educational conditions in Haiti, volunteer teachers, the United States, and other governments must mobilize their resources to provide easy access to education for all Haitian children.
Educational attainments improve the livelihood of the poor and reduce the likelihood of being poor. Access to assets such as education and infrastructural services is highly unequal and strongly correlated to poverty in Haiti. Employment analysis suggests that the three determinants of access to higher paid employment in Haiti is education, gender, and migration status. Haitian youth in particular face the most challenges with unemployment and the risk of Aids. Youth that drop out of school are more likely to be inactive or unemployed. Out of the 67% enrollment rate for elementary school, 70% continue on to the third grade. 60% of all students drop out of school before the sixth grade. This issue is primarily a result of lack of accredited schools, trained teachers, and many leaving to find alternative higher paying jobs.
To help improve the livelihood of Haitians and create a durable economy, Haitians need help from the US to provide quality teachers to help train and educate women and children in Haiti.
Since Haiti has one of the largest income gaps between the rich and poor in the world, providing accessible education is instrumental in creating a strong middle class, as well as sustaining small businesses and stimulating entrepreneurship. In efforts to help the growing educational needs and strengthen the work being done by the local villagers, HavServe offers voluntary teaching jobs in Lebrun. Volunteer teachers train and use their knowledge and training to design and implement programs to improve the quality of teaching provided for young Haitian pupils. As Americans, we often take for granted the free access to a quality education; it is one of the best gifts we can ever have, so why not give that gift to those in need.
To learn more about how to become a volunteer teacher, trainer, or help achieve the Millennium Development goals log onto: www.havserve.org