UNICEF and Japan join forces to promote a safer educational environment for children in Haiti.

The Government of Japan granted UNICEF funding to strengthen EDUPOL, a specialized branch of the community-based police, whose main mission is to improve the school environment by reducing violence in and around schools.

24 January 2024
 A student smiling.
UNICEF Haïti/2023/Duples
A student smiling.

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Haiti), 24 January 2024 - The Government of Japan, in partnership with UNICEF, has allocated funding of more than USD 729,000 to strengthen the impact of EDUPOL in the promotion of secure access to schools and improve the educational environment for children affected by armed violence in Haiti.

With escalating armed violence growing in Port-au-Prince's metropolitan area since 2018, particularly in the neighborhoods of Bel-Air, Bas-Delmas, Centre-ville, Martissant, Cité Soleil, Croix-des-Bouquets, Tabarre, and Carrefour-Feuilles, thousands of families, including children, have been forced to flee their homes.

“This crisis has turned many nearby schools into shelters for internally displaced persons, severely threatening the educational continuity of young people and increasing the risk of school dropout. Securing and stabilizing school environments to protect the educational rights of affected children has become an urgent priority. ”

Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

This project, entitled “Enhancing EDUPOL’s Impact: Collaborative Efforts of UNICEF and the Japanese Government” will last 12 months, from January 2024 to January 2025, and will focus on the education sector.

The project specifically aims to support 90 EDUPOL agents in their mission of securing school zones, by providing them with office materials and equipment, uniforms, and extra-curricular activity kits.

This initiative will promote a safer educational environment for children, particularly those internally displaced by armed violence.

“Japan is committed to promoting education as one of the priority areas for cooperation in Haiti, in collaboration with the Haitian government and international organizations. This collaboration not only responds to the urgent needs to secure the educational environment for young people but also contributes in the long term to the development and security of the country.”

M. KUBO Yuji, Ambassador of Japan to Haiti.

With a total of 44,090 direct beneficiaries, including 22,440 girls, and 21,560 boys, this project aims to have a significant impact on the educational community in Haiti. Additionally, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people, including members of surrounding communities, educational staff, and students' families, will indirectly benefit from  improved security through this project.

The project will be carried out in schools in Port-au-Prince and involves the collaboration of UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MENFP), and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), to strengthen EDUPOL in its main mission of securing school environments.

This partnership between UNICEF and Japan aims to strengthen the safety of young people in their schools while promoting an environment conducive to education and development.

 

“This initiative marks a significant step forward in creating safe school spaces, which enriches the prospects of children impacted by violence. It symbolizes a lasting commitment from both the Government of Japan and UNICEF to the well-being of Haitian children. This effort highlights a mutual desire to build a brighter future for the country's youth.”

Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

Media contacts

Gessika Thomas
Communication officer
Tel: +50947503125
Haruki FURUSHO
Ambassade du Japon en Haïti
Tel: +50938491459

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