Disabled Haitians, including those with auditory impairments, struggle against prejudice and marginalization in their daily lives. Now, an institute is teaching sign language to young professionals – and raising awareness in the process.
In Haiti, students older than 13 aren’t allowed to enter secondary school. The result of the overage policy here forces many students to drop out after sixth grade, advocates say. But the École de la Réussite blends vocational training with traditional subjects to give older students another chance.
The education sector in Haiti has long been marred by poor literacy rates and low levels of public spending. As the government and NGOs strive to raise education levels, a knowledge competition promotes learning through a contest for students in the area including Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.
Haitian rice farmers have long suffered because of imported grain that can cost consumers less than half as much as domestic crops. But a government program that begun last year is attempting to establish these farmers as the chief providers for the nation, by reviving production and restoring irrigation systems.
In recent years, school enrollment rates in Haiti have gone up, but the average Haitian age 25 or older has attended school for less than five years, half the adult population is illiterate, and there’s a lack of experienced teachers. The government is straining to ensure that children attend school while few teachers receive proper training.