USD16 million to improve quality of education in Haiti

27 November 2018

USD16 million to improve quality of education in Haiti

Over 68,000 Haitian children are set to benefit from a wide-ranging education initiative – the Quality Enhancement in Public Education Project, which was launched recently by the Caribbean Development Bank.

The Bank is putting USD16 million into the comprehensive USD18 million Project which will provide funding and technical support for a range of education needs such as teacher training in both public and non-public primary schools; enhancing school infrastructure; improving learning assessments and curriculum reform, among other key areas.

During the launch of the Project, the first CDB has hosted in Haiti since the inauguration of its Country Office there in September, stakeholders from the Government and the Bank heard how the initiative will support the achievement of Haiti’s education targets.

CDB Country Representative Stephen Lawrence noted the Project is in line with the Bank’s “deepening engagement” in Haiti, which was marked by the opening of the country office.

“This demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to Haiti, and emphasises the priority we place on this commitment,” stated Lawrence at the launch on November 8. He added that the Project will support the education goals of the Haitian government by improving basic education.

“The Project will support the implementation of key elements of the Government of Haiti’s mandate for education, by increasing access to quality education through the availability of additional publicly funded places, enhanced non-public support, and improved capacity for school/sector leadership and instructional effectiveness.”

The Project is part of a wider programme of CDB support to Haiti. The Bank has made a resource envelope of USD100 million available under its 2017 to 2021 Country Strategy for Haiti. It was designed to help the Government achieve its development goals, particularly in the areas of agriculture and community development, sustainable energy development, and education and training.

Original source: CARIBANK
Published on 26 November 2018