May 17, 2017
On May 16, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Haiti in Port-au-Prince, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 2.046 billion yen for the Project for Construction of Basic Schools in Centre and Artibonite Departments .
The project will construct facilities and provide school furniture for 13 elementary and secondary schools in Centre and Artibonite Departments in Haiti to improve the learning environment and contribute to improvements in the quality of and access to basic education.
Although the Government of Haiti has had success in a partially implemented free education program and the school enrollment ratio is rising, the level of education in Haiti remains one of the lowest in Latin America, and one factor behind that low ranking is a lack of classrooms. Another factor is overcrowding classes in excess of 100 students per classroom, making it impossible to provide a suitable learning environment and bringing about a low learning quality. Therefore, solving the lack of public schools and classrooms and improving the learning environment with expanded enrollment opportunities are priorities.
It is expected that the project will ensure a favorable learning environment and contribute to improved learning quality and higher rates of higher-level enrollment and grade promotion in Centre and Artibonite Departments, which have particularly low enrollment ratios and high classroom overcrowding even for Haiti.
In addition to the damage caused by the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti suffers from wind and flooding damage in annual hurricanes, and 96 percent of the designated evacuation shelters are schools. Taking into consideration the perspective of disaster risk reduction, the project will provide facilities and school furniture that can function for evacuation during disasters, and will improve awareness of disaster risk reduction among school faculty members and community residents.
1: “Le Projet de Construction d’Ecoles Fondamentales des Départements du Centre et de l’Artibonite” in French
|Country||Republic of Haiti|
|Project title||The Project for Construction of Basic Schools in Centre and Artibonite Departments|
|Planned implementation period||24 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period|
|Executing agency||Ministry of National Education and Professional Training, Centre and Artibonite Education Bureaus|
|Target region, facilities||Centre Department—Boucan-Carré, Hinche, Mirebalais, Saut-d'Eau, Thomonde; Artibonite Department—Verrettes|
|Specific project details (provisional)||(1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Additional classrooms and other facilities at 13 elementary and secondary schools
Facilities: classroom buildings, principal’s offices, faculty rooms, storerooms, lavatory buildings, solar power generation systems, lighting fixtures, electrical receptacles
Furniture and furnishings: Desks and chairs for students, teachers and principals, blackboards
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision, (as guidance) education and training in school facility maintenance and management, health and sanitation, disaster risk reduction education and training, other