Special Update—New UNESCO Report on Haiti Shows Education in Crisis

In a recent report from its Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO) identified an educational crisis in Haiti. This crisis is due to a lack of access to education and "brain drain"—the expatriation of those who do receive an education—and contributes to issues of rule of law, violence and instability: Providing young people with good education, together with economic opportunities, would go a long way to addressing some of the root causes of violent crime among young people, including gang violence, which is highly prevalent in the country. (Section C.22, June 2019 UNESCO Report on Haiti)

For over three decades, The Haitian Project (THP) has been addressing these issues directly, providing excellent education through Louverture Cleary School (LCS) as well as university scholarships and connection to employment through LCS' Office of External Affairs. As a result, 85 percent of LCS graduates remain in Haiti while 85 percent of the general populace who receive a university degree leave the country. This UNESCO report affirms that our mission of education is the answer. This crisis cannot be met by supporting efforts to give food, water and housing. Educational missions must be more strongly supported, and you can make a difference by making a donation to THP today!