Education in Haiti
Haiti has a literacy rate of only 49% and, with 89% of the population under the poverty line (US$1.25/day), education is an important foundation. The Government runs less than 20% of some 17,000 schools across the country. Most rural schools are poorly equipped. Digital literacy is considerably less common. About 12% of the population has access to the internet.
Computers at Last: A few months after solar electric was installed at the community center in 2011, Yvel Guelcé set up a computer lab which has facilitated this community's introduction to the digital age for the last four years. The fifth year-long session of classes introducing students to Microsoft Suite began in December. Classes have been arranged to encourage attendance by local teachers who will eventually share their skills with students at every level.
Youth Development: Cooking & Sewing classes originally appealed to young mothers and teen-age girls, often those who could not complete their secondary education. The students of St. Ferdinand School, Ferdinand, IN, provide the cost of the cooking and sewing classes through annual Lenten fundraising activities.
Soccer: In Haiti, soccer is king. All you need is a ball and for lack of one of those, most any object can substitute. Pick-up games are the norm but within the last two years teens have formed both men's and women's teams which bring them in competition with about ten other teams from the surrounding area. The truck greatly enhances their ability to get to games. This year donors sent uniforms, shin guards, and some soccer cleats on the sea container.