Haiti has 15,200 primary schools, of which 90% are non-public and managed by communities, religious organizations or NGOs. The enrollment rate for primary school is 88%. Secondary schools enroll 20% of eligible-age children. Higher education is provided by universities and other public and private institutions.
The average yearly cost to send a child to school is estimated at $550.00 in urban areas and $430.00 in the countryside. This includes enrolment fees, Tuition, uniforms, books, shoes, and all other supplies. These costs are impossible for nearly 80% of all Haitian families, and render school as unattainable. This problem has resulted in an illiteracy rate of more than 65% of the population.
These hurdles to an education can easily create a sense of desperation in parents and contribute to the hopelessness of children. As a result, a seemingly perpetual cycle of poverty continues, generation after generation. That is why Combating Child Labor Project is so vital to changing the culture of poverty in Haiti.
With the help of a recent scholarship the children of Marie Dorzilma is going to school for the first time.