To save the school year

So much is the school, so much is the nation. This maxim establishes the reciprocal relationship between the nation and education and fits perfectly with current reality. The Haitian education system, like the nation, is in full decline. For lack of being able to erect a solid Haitian educational system, we are unable to transmit the materials necessary for the construction of the Haitian nation. Because, the school remains the institution, par excellence, of transmission of the values ​​constituting the base of any nation, worthy of this name.

And the current crisis, which calls into question the very fundamentals of the nation, shows us how late we are in phase in the concert of nations. More than three months after the country plunged into almost total paralysis, the education sector, the main victim of the crisis, is timidly trying to get its head above water. Some schools have made an appointment this week for the resumption of activities, others are still playing the card of caution by observing reality. Because everything seems uncertain in this situation of acute crisis where the nation seems to be on its own.

The schools, which are trying to operate, do so almost in secret as if the country were at war with the schools. This reality is the proof by four that the country is not directed. So far, no official communication has come to announce the resumption of school activities and set out the arrangements made to guarantee the safety of each other, as well as the recovery plan for the rest of the academic year.

In this country where “every man for himself and God for all” (chak koukouy klere pou je w) reigns, it is the schools that are fighting to resume activities by taking advantage of the availability of gasoline at service stations to save at least the rest of December.
Mindfulness and education do not rhyme. And now, no one knows when the next episode of “country lock”. Because the situation is still very tense in certain areas taken over by armed groups. And fuel is not available everywhere, according to reports from some provincial towns where pump owners seem to sell gas on the parallel market.

At this phase, beyond the differences of views, classes, interests and political chapels, society, in all its organized components, must find a special agreement to save the rest of the school year. With a term (the most important in terms of hours of learning) almost lost, the school year becomes very fragile. Any other episode of “lock down” can seriously disrupt the rest of the school year which, technically, must count on a certain number of class hours to be validated.

Classical schools, vocational schools, universities, true channels for the transmission of values ​​and knowledge in all societies that aspire to change, especially to the development of human capital, cannot function in expectation. These public service establishments should be sanctuaries protected by all. Unfortunately, state officials do not live up to their responsibilities to guarantee the right to education for all as advocated by the Constitution as well as the conventions, treaties and agreements that the country has initialed and ratified in matter.

The multiple episodes of “country lock” have already caused a lot of damage in the past to the education system already undermined by mediocrity. So much is the school, so much is the nation. With this mediocre system, do not expect it to produce brilliant leaders tomorrow.


To save the school year