The UN is concerned that insecurity and COVID-19 affect education in Haiti

The UN is concerned that insecurity and COVID-19 affect education in Haiti

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Port-au-Prince, Sep 16 (EFE) .- The United Nations Office in Haiti expressed its concern on Wednesday about the negative impact of the situation of insecurity and precarious health on the continuity of education in the country.

“The security situation of last year, combined with the health situation (COVID-19) of recent months, has had a negative impact on the education and training sector,” the United Nations said.

In 2019, Haiti experienced at least three months of street and neighborhood blockades, violent demonstrations and acts of looting, particularly in the Port-au-Prince region.

During this time, the schools were forced to close their doors.

As part of the reopening of classes on August 10, 2020, the Government developed a health protocol for schools during the pandemic.

Initially the protocol was respected by the schools, but in recent days very few of them are observing the distancing measures.

Subsequently, the authorities planned about 50 days of classes for the close of the 2019-2020 school year. For about two weeks, school activities have been interrupted by demonstrations by police officers in the streets of the capital.

“The United Nations calls on all actors to assume responsibility for ensuring the continuity of education for all,” said the UN.

During several demonstrations by students from public institutions demanding that teachers return to classrooms, students threw stones at private schools and burned tires.

“The reopening of educational institutions must be a priority for all, in a peaceful and non-violent context, in order to guarantee the right to quality education for all in Haiti,” the statement added.

Although several schools have started the 2020-2021 school year, a good number of campuses have not even finished with the previous school year.

This situation is yet another example of double speed education in the same country that has been plagued by socio-political and economic crises for the past three decades.

This Wednesday’s report from the health authorities on the coronavirus determined that the country registers 8,541 cases and 220 deaths.

(c) EFE Agency


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