Implemented by UNICEF and WFP in partnership with the Government of Haiti, the new grant aims to catalyze $16.7 million in additional funding to reach 45,000 crisis-affected children and adolescents.
In response to the evolving humanitarian crisis in Haiti, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) today announced a multi-year, US$11.8 million resilience program that aims to mobilize an additional $16.2 million to reach more than 45,000 children and adolescents with holistic educational supports.
The three-year program will be executed by UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP) in coordination with the Government of Haiti and local partners. Seed funding investment builds on ECW’s US$1.5 million First emergency responsebringing total investments in Haiti to US$13.3 million to date.
“Haiti has suffered multiple crises over the years affecting the access of children and adolescents to continuous and inclusive quality education. We cannot sit idly by. It is our investment to give them the means to rebuild their lives and Haiti. With substantial seed funding from ECW mobilized with our strategic partners, we are now calling on donors, the private sector and philanthropic foundations to fully fund this innovative multi-year education program and make our real commitments at the Transforming Education Summit. of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. last month in New York. This is an opportunity to translate vision into action,” said Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait, the UN Global Fund for Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises.
Haiti is one of the least developed countries in the world, ranking 170 out of 189 countries in the 2020 ranking Index of human development. A history of social and political unrest, chronic poverty, and natural disasters such as the 2010 and 2021 earthquakes – coupled with the ongoing impacts of the climate crisis and COVID-19 – create significant educational barriers and development across the country.
While 7 out of 10 Haitians can go to primary school, only 60% have access to preschool and only 15% can access secondary school. Most of the country’s schools are private, making it even more difficult for poor or displaced families to access learning opportunities for their children. More than half of the schools in the country have no water or toilets and 75% have no electricity.
“This multi-year resilience program supports the major thematic priorities of the 2020-2030 national education and training plan. Indeed, it supports the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) in the provision of quality and inclusive education that meets the needs of the crisis- Maintaining the principle that education remains a right fundamental and inalienable human being, the MENFP wants to guarantee inclusion and equity of access to education for all. We commend and thank ECW for providing these funds to strengthen the Haitian education system in vulnerable areas. We encourage technical and financial partners to support the financing of this multi-year resilience program by making additional funds available that will ensure a bright future for the sons and daughters of Haiti,” said Mr. Nesmy Manigat, Minister of Education. and Vocational Training (MENFP) in Haiti.
The initial seed funding grant will reach over 20,000 girls and boys in 35 districts, providing holistic quality education, including mental health and psychosocial support and school meals. The multi-year program will pay particular attention to gender equality and the inclusion of persons with disabilities and will strengthen the capacity of the national education system to plan, monitor, coordinate, finance and deliver quality holistic education in order to better meet the needs education for children affected by the crisis. and teenagers.
With additional funding, the overall program targets approximately 45,500 children aged 3 to 18 in total. The program spans the continuum from early childhood education to adolescent skills programming and includes adolescent secondary education as well as non-formal alternative education. In recognition of the diverse and differentiated needs of all girls and boys, including adolescents and children with disabilities, the program aims to provide a holistic and contextualized package of interventions to ensure safe access to quality education and enable children and adolescents to and mental well-being.
Worldwide, around 222 million children and adolescents affected by the crisis need urgent educational support. People looking to make a difference can call on leaders to act, using the #222MillionDreams✨📚 hashtag and doing individual donations to EC