This UN program has been in place since 2000. Set up in a number of Countries, funded by BID, it was supposed to promote an increased educational standard throughout the region. However, only in Haiti, it has seen educational standards decline since then in spite of claims to the contrary, including the most recent comments by Koldo Echebarria the local BID representative who is an embarrassingly vocal supporter of the criminal Simphil.
Over the past 17 years, some foreigner should have twigged to the disaster, especially when a study showed Haitian levels had actually dropped.
In the 2015 report it showed a negative result.
This was initiated under Rene Preval and served as a trough for his greed, throughout his Presidency, and that of Aristide.
Within the Ministry of Education lurks a Mafia that has been in place for more than 20 years. A couple of dozen people who sit around on weekends, playing dominoes and cards. These guys effectively control all aspects of the Ministry as Cabinet Ministers pass, like ships in the night.
Preval set the standard, using this program as his personal piggy bank, followed by others. Senators and Deputies plundered .
Any effort to change things can be deflected by the entrenched Mafia, if the target refuses a share of the loot.
Martelly’s first Education Minister was such an individual, committed to childrens education. Sadly, he was replaced by Nesmy Manigat who had no such scruples and took the pillage to extremes, even the entrenched Mafia found to be impressive.
No government is blameless.
17 years of funding is a big nest egg when viewed in total: over $500,000,000 to see our educational standards decline!!!
Norbert Estimphil, “Directe Pwogram Edikasyon pou Tous,” who is spending some of the stolen loot on a PR campaign, should be arrested, tried and jailed
But so should many others.
President Moise should move forward, without being judgmental. He can learn from the past and demand higher standards in the future.
As President Moise has said, many times, we have the resources and the funding to succeed. We must simply use what we have for what it was meant for.
The young people are our future, the Nation’s future.
Anyone who moves to threaten this important support for the survival of Haiti must then be dealt with ruthlessly and implacably.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
POGO WAS RIGHT WHEN HE MADE A DEEP AND SCHOLARLY OBSERVATION.