Haiti: Haitian President Rene Preval has placed special emphasis on education Wednesday, "mainline" a revival of their country, devastated by an earthquake but the international community wants to help rebuild.
"No development is possible without education," he told participants at an international conference of donors in New York headquarters of the UN.
"In the case of Haiti, even before January 12th (the date of the earthquake, ie), it was already unacceptable that 38% of the population aged 15 and over are illiterate" and "25% of children No school can be admitted to a school, "said Préval.
"On January 12th, tapping in a special way the world of education, has exposed the depth of this social divide and human," he added.
And he called on Haitians inside and abroad and the international community to "provide resources" to "transform Haiti into a city of knowledge".
He called his wishes "a Haitian school without exclusion, (...) open to the world" and "reflecting the plural identity of a nation now créolophone and French, but fully rooted in (his) and African roots accepting that the shaping America and the Caribbean to bring his story daily. "
The teaching community has been decimated by the earthquake in Haiti, many schools having collapsed, killing many students and teachers.
The earthquake of magnitude 7, devastated the capital Port-au-Prince, killing at least 220,000 people and leaving 1.3 million homeless in the country's poorest continent.
Some 138 countries, various international bodies like the IMF and World Bank, as well as NGOs and members of the Haitian Diaspora were represented at the conference, chaired by Mr Preval with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
Levanjiltv: English Translation