Haiti struggles to educate its youth -Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

Al Jazeera:

Government still struggling to rebuild the education sector since major earthquake struck in 2010.

The United Nations wants children across the world to be given the opportunity to complete primary schooling by next year.

It is part of the Millennium Development Goals, agreed by world leaders in 2000.

But for some children in Haiti, they have not been able to go to school since the devastating earthquake in 2010.

The government there has been struggling to rebuild the education sector ever since.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


There is a simple solution in place, functional  and ready to go.


“Education for all children” is the dream of our Nation. Unfortunately, the realities of our life have not yet allowed this dream to reach fruition.

Fortunately, the SATELLITE SCHOOL SYSTEM now offers an opportunity to achieve this goal by making it possible to transmit lessons created by Haiti’s most highly qualified educators to any location in our departments, whether a school is located in Bombardopolis, Anse Rouge, Jacmel,  or even in downtown Port-au-Prince.  In fact, one could toss a dart at the map of Haiti and, no matter where it landed, you could place one of our school’s receiving satellite modules at its point of impact.

The Satellite School System will transmit both academic lessons and alternative training modules.The system is the reliable and state-of-the-art conduit; it requires exceptional content in order to fulfill the vision of our national dream.  A number of foreign universities and other organizations have shown a keen interest in creating lesson plans for use in our program.  As just one example, l’Ecole de Choix (Mirebalais), which provides high quality tri-lingual elementary education aligned with the Haitian National Curriculum, is prepared to serve as a pilot content partner.

The Satellite School System, therefore, eliminates one of the most significant limiting factors in our nation’s educational system – the shortage of qualified teachers – by transmitting quality educational programming potentially to every classroom in our country.  A trained  educational facilitator is present in each local classroom to supervise classes while the national system continues to develop a trained educator academy to overcome this significant hurdle.

Detailed planning for this project began in February, 2012, and it is now operational.  Our partner, one of the world’s leading providers of satellite transmission solutions, has created the world’s first national network of satellite-transmitted educational material, Elements, for the entire uplink system; three demonstration classrooms, shipped from Miami on May 31, 2013.

Overcoming one major impediment to initiating the plan, the Haitian Children’s Fund has obtained the donation of satellite bandwidth on an  satellite that otherwise would have cost $23,000 / month.

The Satellite School System consists of three vital elements:

·         The Satellite Uplink System will transmit material over our network, utilizing a top line satellite dish antenna and electronics to provide world class service.

·         The Uplink will bounce lessons of the   satellite, 23,000 miles above earth, to our school receiver modules. Each of these will have a dish antenna, receiver and wide-screen TV, powered by a solar panel array, charging batteries through an inverter system. This system will have a 24-hour / day operational capability with normal daylight conditions.

·         A video studio will be established in which to tape and edit material for transmission.

The SATELLITE SCHOOL SYSTEM could become a window of opportunity for Haiti’s children, and a showcase for Haiti to the world.


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