Japan has Granted Over $1.7 Million to UNICEF for the Reconstruction of Educational Facilities in Southern Haiti.

20 October 2023
Ceremony for the signing of the financing protocol for the reconstruction of schools in the South of Haiti between UNICEF and the Embassy of Japan in Haiti.
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Ceremony for the signing of the financing protocol for the reconstruction of schools in the South of Haiti between UNICEF and the Embassy of Japan in Haiti.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, October 20, 2023 - An allocation of 245 million Japanese yen, equivalent to more than 1,7 million US dollars, has been generously granted by the Government of Japan to UNICEF Haiti, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education (MENFP), to support the Educational Facilities Reconstruction Project in Southern Haiti. This 24-month project aims to strengthen access to education in this region, which was severely affected by the earthquake.

The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that shook the departments of the South, Grand'Anse, and Nippes on August 14, 2021, left deep scars, disrupting the education system by destroying numerous schools and causing immense human casualties. More than 2,200 lives were lost, more than 12,700 people were injured and over 137,000 homes were destroyed.

Thanks to this generous donation from Japan, two fully permanent and comprehensive schools will be established in Southern Haiti, offering quality education from preschool to lower secondary (the last year of fundamental school). Each school will include an administrative block, a school cafeteria, and accessible and separate toilets. These schools will be equipped with locally made furniture for classrooms and the cafeteria, as well as the necessary equipment. To ensure their sustainable operation, the schools will be powered by solar energy and benefit from reliable water supply. Additionally, individual school kits will be provided to all children, meeting their educational needs.

"Considering that basic education constitutes the basis for a country's economic and social development, Japan is providing continued support to improve the educational environment in Haiti. This effort is in line with one of the priority areas of Japanese cooperation in this country, namely the promotion of education" said M. KUBO Yuji, Ambassador of Japan to Haiti.

The fundamental goal of this project is to create an environment conducive to quality education for the children of Southern Haiti. By erecting these schools, the initiative is committed to removing barriers to learning and promoting the well-being of children in this region.

In total, 1,100 children, divided between two schools, will benefit from these new facilities with 200 preschool-aged children (3-5 years old) and 900 school-aged children (6-16 years old) accommodated in each school. Classrooms will be specially designed to accommodate 50 children each, totaling nine classrooms per school, thus ensuring a conducive learning environment for all students.

"Education is a fundamental right of every child. We are proud to contribute to this initiative that aims to provide the children of Southern Haiti with a safe and quality learning environment. This will prepare them for a better future, reflecting our constant concern for their well-being," said Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

This project embodies a strong commitment to the education and well-being of children in the Southern Haiti region. It represents a significant step towards a better future for the next generations, and thanks to Japan's contribution, UNICEF will be able to ensure that children affected by the earthquake have access to high-quality schools, placing their future in good hands and offering them the best opportunities to develop their full potential. The exemplary collaboration between Japan, the Government of Haiti, and UNICEF demonstrates a continued commitment to the well-being of Haitian children and a shared determination to build a better future for them.

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Gessika Thomas
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Haruki FURUSHO
Ambassade du Japon en Haïti
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