UNICEF and WFP support the 2011-2012 school year

Haitian studentsTo support the country’s efforts in the field of education

At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are renewing their commitment to support the country’s efforts in the field of education.

UNICEF has started the distribution of school kits to 751,300 children and 15,000 teachers in the country. In total, 2,500 schools will be supported by UNICEF, which is injecting close to $10 million in this operation.

This year, the National School Meals Program (PNCS), WFP and their partners will provide hot meals daily to 1,9 million children, of which 1.1 million are provided by WFP.

School canteens are a simple and efficient way to ensure that children receive at least one nutritious meal everyday and to encourage them to attend school, said Patricia Dominique J. Martin, the Coordinator of the PNCS.

Education is President Michel Martelly’s highest priority. UNICEF and WFP are committed to help authorities achieve the objective of ensuring that all Haitian children receive a good quality, free education and a daily meal in school.

UNICEF promotes the right to education for all children in Haiti in accordance to the 1987 constitution and the Children’s Right Convention ratified by Haiti in 1994.

Education is fundamental for the development of children, families, communities and for the future of Haiti’s reconstruction, said UNICEF’s Representative in Haiti, Francoise Gruloos-Ackermans. To reach this objective, UNICEF is working jointly with the political instances of the country to build an education system that is free and universal.

UNICEF has built 200 schools throughout the country, and has prioritized work on buildings destroyed or damaged by the earthquake or communities without proper infrastructure in the most vulnerable areas.

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Haiti Live, 03.10.11

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