Schools must resume. All schools: public, private, urban, rural, kindergarten, classics, professional as well as universities. But the conditions must be created.
In my opinion, it’s up to the President, the Prime Minister, the DG of the Police, the Minister of the Interior, the Secretary of State for Public Security, the Minister of National Education and other create the conditions so that all schools can operate and parents can safely take their children to school and take them home. This involves the use of intelligence, police and / or political decisions that can bring calm and peace to the streets and minds.
A political opposition may invite citizens to a school and university strike for various reasons. But a politician or political activist who dares to scare a child or prevent a child or youth from going to school is really beyond measure. And what about those who go as far as pouring excrement at the entrance of schools? Such individuals deserve to be punished. Legal provisions exist. Just apply them. The right to education such as the right to health, freedom of expression and movement, among others, is a sacred right.
Those who lead us seem to have a slight sense of responsibility. They are fleeing from the hot areas of Port-au-Prince, but are talking about reopening classes as if everything were going well.
Haitian children are used to deprivation and parents do not claim that all the ideal conditions are met. They demand safety, tranquility in the streets. This is the bare minimum.
Since 2018, children have been crossing PAP rinks to go to school. Who in the government, in Parliament, really cares about that? Who in the Department of Education is concerned about the conditions under which children must learn? And again, it is children living in poorer neighborhoods who will suffer more. These children eat poorly, sleep poorly and / or little, have fewer good books, less access to libraries and the internet, often have less parental support, receive fewer hours of classes, suffer more in public transport or walk to school. In addition now, they have the stress of the street and their neighborhood. And we are surprised at the low rates of exam success, high drop-out rates and high rates of non-learning. The few successes of the Haitian school are too few not to revisit the mold of education.
I have been teaching for almost 25 years. I can tell you that the achievements of young graduates are becoming weaker. And speaking of me as a teacher or lecturer at the university, who cares about teachers? It is an abused, despised, poorly paid and undeveloped category. I could say a lot about that. But that’s not the purpose of the day. Education is not just about students and classrooms, it is above all qualified teachers, of quality and also in favorable conditions to do their work. Alas, teachers are often forgotten.
Education is too serious a business to be politicized. The children have to find the classrooms, but not in the demagoguery just to say that they are going to school.
For years, too many years, too many parents have been putting hard-earned money into their children’s education. The bogus schools that increase scam parents. Yo pran kob the yo pa bay anyen for kob la. And the ministry is complicit.
We must stop the simulacra. Fernand Hibbert wrote his novel “Les simulacres” a century ago. We’re always pretending, pretending we’re doing something. In education as in agriculture, justice, the fight against corruption and others.
It is time, dear friends, to be more demanding of our authorities who are paid to serve us. Stop disempowering them. Let’s learn to punish them severely so that they know that being president, minister, general manager, senator, deputy, mayor, president of CASEC does not come only with privileges, but especially with responsibilities.
Haitian parents, stop being resigned. Get out of your reserve. Get organized. Make a petition, or better, a march or march to ask the president who wants to stay in office, the resigning government, the chief of police, the mayors, the parliamentarians who do not defend you, but continue to receive salaries, expenses and other privileges that your children must go to school. They want to stay in office, that they make themselves useful to something.
And after the reopening, press for the programs to be respected, so that the bad schools are sanctioned. Make a substantial plea for the issue of education to be taken seriously by all parties involved. It is not more money that needs to be given to the department. It is a complete reform of education that must be proposed, a reform that will take into account all the parameters so that the Haitian schoolboy leaves his school career armed to be useful to himself, his community and the world . The budget will follow the reform plan and be linked to performance indicators.
Everything is marketing. You have to make a good marketing advocacy for another education in Haiti. Educational products, their prices, their national distribution and their promotion deserve to be entirely reviewed. Their range must be extended and adapted to different types of intelligence, to various environmental constraints and to many other factors. These educational or educational products or offerings must meet technical and performance standards, among other things, and fulfill the promises made to the schoolchildren and to the purchasing parents.
Before a certain age, a schoolboy can hardly be demanding of his teachers, let alone the direction of the educational institution. It is a consumer who is ignorant of his rights and / or incapable of defending them properly. From adolescence, the deal changes. Parents, decision-makers and buyers therefore have a major responsibility in creating a well-regulated and controlled educational market.