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#4854: Re: #4844: school statistics in Haiti (fwd)
Hi Joel. We've forwarded your query to three persons who are quite
knowledgeable about education stats in Haiti. But - we are also interested
in any statistics that you receive the the sources thereof. Our experience
has been that accurate, credible statistics are very difficult to obtain
because the government itself has no good database.
Many of the stats are judgments made and data available by UN sources which
we personally believe are often unreliable because of limited resources of
Relative to your questions, in our talks on Haiti (we've been involved since
the early 80's and have been there many times and have concluded from many
different sources the following kinds of data:
1) Approx. 3-5% overall of gradeschool children attend. This may be higher
in Paup and might rise to 20%.
2) H.S. attendance - probably 1 or 2%.
3) We believe 85-90% of children, both in grade school and h.s. receive
their education from private or mission schools. The public school system in
the rural areas is virtually nonexistent and where it does exist children
meet in the open under thatched roofs with untrained teachers who often
receive no pay.
Hope this is helpful or at least sets some sort of a baseline for you.
Peace - Bob DellaValle-Rauth
Consultant - Pax Christi Haiti Task Force