Majority of Haitians lack access to quality education; a prerequisite for sustained social and economic development. Despite improvements in enrolment and the commitment of the Haitian government to strengthening public education, challenges in funding, teacher training, and access remain widespread. These issues put a generation of Haitian youth at risk of lacking the knowledge and basic skills necessary to succeed in the labor force.
In Haiti, the net school enrolment rate is around 60%. The lack of resources, both at the family and state levels, deprives many children of their right to have a school education. About 375,000 children between the ages of 6 and 11, one-third of this group, are not in school.
Haitian families are subject to tuition fees since 80% of the schools are private. These expenses represent a huge expense for most Haitian families. Today, the average annual tuition fee is US$85. This is a considerable sum for families in a country where the gross national income per year is US$400.
Going to public school several kilometres away, is a real challenge for Haitian children living in the countryside. In fact, they often have to walk this distance. As a result, many children, especially the younger ones are not in school.
Most instructional time is spent on lecturing or eliciting responses in unison from the class, and responses were often related to repetition and memorization. These methods have limited effectiveness in teaching children, especially young children, the foundational cognitive skills they need to succeed in school.
Our mission is advanced through a three-tiered approach that ultimately aims to develop and grow communities by investing in youth, preparing them to recognize windows of opportunity so they can step up and lead the way to a better tomorrow.
The first tier of the plan is to adopt a vulnerable community that needs support. Once a community has been selected for rescue, we then pool the resources and energy of an international community of advocates, supporters, and volunteers willing to invest time, energy, and money into building the adopted community.
The second tier of the plan is to coordinate with other community development organizations to establish an information resource center in our adopted community. Our information centers will serve as a central community hub where neighbors can gather, access life-transforming resources, and participate in free workshops on a range of important topics, including education on critical issues affecting them and the world around them.
The third tier of the plan is to orchestrate a youth development summer program designed to educate the adopted community's youth on critical life and leadership skills and communal responsibilities. The youth development program is the cornerstone of HTTR's mission to prepare children for lives of success by helping them develop social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive competencies. As part of our youth development program, we will also offer scholarships to students to study abroad.