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January 20, 2024

Haiti ignites EDU finance with Catalyze – Fact Sheet 2023.


– More than 80% of schools in Haiti are non-state and not funded or regulated by the government.
– Non-state schools vary widely in cost and quality of education.
– Haitian school owners face financial constraints worsened by COVID-19 school closures.
– Financial institutions in Haiti offer few products tailored to non-state schools or aspiring students.
– This lack of financial services hampers infrastructure improvement and access to quality learning.

According to a fact sheet released by USAID, over 80% of schools in Haiti are non-state and receive no funding or regulation from the Haitian government. While non-state education is promoted by the government to enhance the overall education sector, these schools differ significantly in terms of cost and quality of education. Haitian school owners, particularly those running non-state schools, face significant financial constraints that have been further exacerbated by the closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fact sheet highlights that financial institutions in Haiti offer very few tailor-made products to non-state schools or the families of students who aspire to attend such schools. This lack of financial services prevents many non-state schools from improving their infrastructure and investing in additional teaching resources, which ultimately hampers students’ access to quality learning. To address this gap, USAID is working to catalyze education finance through their EDU Finance Activity in Haiti.

The EDU Finance Activity aims to increase access to financial services for non-state schools and families by working with financial institutions and other stakeholders in the education sector. USAID, in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of National Education and Professional Training, will support efforts to develop financial products specifically tailored to the needs of non-state schools and families, such as loans for infrastructure improvement or scholarships to provide financial assistance to students.

By providing financial resources and support, the EDU Finance Activity seeks to promote the growth and improvement of non-state schools in Haiti, ultimately benefiting students by enhancing their access to quality education. This initiative aligns with the Haitian government’s goals of strengthening the education sector and addressing the disparities in the quality of education provided by non-state schools.

The fact sheet also emphasizes the importance of collaboration between financial institutions, non-state schools, and the Haitian government to ensure the success of the EDU Finance Activity. By working together, these stakeholders can identify innovative solutions and create a more inclusive financial environment that supports the development of the education sector in Haiti.

In conclusion, the fact sheet highlights the challenges faced by non-state schools in Haiti due to the lack of financial services and the financial constraints exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The EDU Finance Activity, implemented by USAID, aims to address these challenges by increasing access to financial services for non-state schools and families, ultimately improving the quality of education and opportunities for students in Haiti.