IDB Gets Mandate to Reform Haiti Education Sector

The Inter-American Development Bank receives a mandate from the Haitian government to reform the country's education system, which collapsed following the Jan. 12 earthquake. Photo by: U.N. Photo/Logan Abassi

The Inter-American Development Bank could provide up to USD250 million worth of grants over the next five years to help Haiti reform its educational system, IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno said. This comes after Haitian President Rene Preval gave the regional development bank a mandate to help the country’s National Education Commission and Ministry of Education develop a five-year education reform plan.

The plan, which is estimated to cost a total of USD2 billion, will target the expansion of tuition-free education services in the country. Under the plan, the majority of schools in Haiti will be publicly funded but remain privately run. A central fund would also be formed to pay for salaries and administrators of schools that would participate in the program.

Moreno said IDB’s financial assistance to the plan will be leveraged through private donors interested in supporting Haiti’s education institutions. He added that he would also encourage other multilaterals to support the fund.

The education reform fund is likely to be among the first programs presented for funding to the World Bank-managed Haiti Multi-Donor Trust Fund and the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission.

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