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Some schools reopen Port-au-Prince after more than a month of closure due to gang violence

  • May 6, 2024
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Some schools reopen in Port-au-Prince after more than a month of closure due to gang violence

After more than a month of closure caused by the escalation of armed gang violence, some schools in the metropolitan region of Port-au-Prince are timidly resuming their activities. This reopening offers a breath of hope in the Haitian capital, symbolizing a first step towards the normalization of education in a context marked by insecurity.

During this period of prolonged closure, the streets of Port-au-Prince became conflict zones, endangering the lives and safety of residents, particularly that of children deprived of access to education. However, a certain stability seems to be emerging, allowing these schools to reopen their doors.

However, this recovery is not without difficulties. Students must now go to school in civilian clothes as a security measure, in order to protect themselves from possible reprisals from gangs operating in neighboring neighborhoods. Despite these precautions, the desire to learn prevails over fear, as demonstrated by a student met in the Christ-Roi district.

At the same time, some schools are opting for distance learning, combining online and face-to-face classes to ensure educational continuity while guaranteeing the safety of students and teachers.

However, challenges persist, particularly regarding access to electricity and a stable internet connection, making it difficult for students to participate in online classes.

Additionally, teachers also face challenges, with some having been directly affected by gang violence, even forcing them to flee their homes to stay safe. Despite these ordeals, their commitment to education remains intact, as demonstrated by Pierre Richard, professor of French communications.

This gradual resumption of education in Port-au-Prince embodies true hope for the community, reminding us that even in the darkest times, education remains an indisputable priority, thus demonstrating the resilience of the Haitian people in the face of adversity.

It should be noted that the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) is committed to supporting students by setting up catch-up courses to compensate for lost hours, as well as educational programs broadcast on radio, television and on its website.

In the meantime, from July 22 to 24 it will be the 9th grade exam, from July 22 to 26 it will be the teacher’s normal school exam, from July 22 to 26 it will be the Family Education Center exam and From August 5 to 8, the Baccalaureate exams will be held.

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