COVID-19 response

Allocation: US$7 million

Years: 2020-2022

Grant agent: UNICEF

Key documents:

The US$7 million COVID-19 grant supports:

  • 350,000 children aged 5-14 from disadvantaged rural and urban areas to continue learning through different distance modalities
  • Training for 7,000 teachers to support remote learning in disadvantaged rural and urban areas, including the necessary teaching materials
  • A conditional cash transfer program to provide financial support for the families of the most vulnerable students to cope with the economic consequences of COVID-19
  • 1,000 children with special needs including through financial, psychosocial, tailored distance learning and face-to-face programs
  • School kits for children and teachers in 350 schools to support the return to school
  • 210 hand washing stations to ensure safety as schools re-open
  • Psychosocial support for students, parents and teachers, including teacher training once schools re-open
  • Strengthened capacity of the ministry at all levels to support the implementation of the priority action plan and ensure the coordination of partner interventions.

In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Haiti received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education’s capacity to plan and coordinate the COVID response plan. Equipment to facilitate working from home for ministry personnel was procured along with protective equipment.

Education in Haiti

Haiti faces both supply and demand challenges in education. On the supply side, there are not enough spaces for children to enroll in school. On the demand side, the average cost of US$80 in tuition per child/per year before books, uniforms and transportation, puts basic education unaffordable for many.

Haiti’s school system is dominated by the non-public sector, whether for-profit, faith-based or run by non-governmental organizations. More than 80% of primary schools are non-public, enrolling more than 80% of all primary school children.

Haiti’s government has put access to quality education at the top of its policy agenda. In August 2014, it announced 12 policy measures to stabilize and improve governance and quality in the education system.

The current sector plan covers the period 2013 - 2016 and aims to promote the development of early childhood and preschool education, as well as child and adult literacy, and to improve:

  • access to, and quality of primary schooling,
  • access to, and completion of lower secondary school,
  • access to, and retention in general secondary school,
  • access to, and governance at the tertiary level and for vocational and technical training
  • special education services,
  • information systems and management capacities of the ministry of education,
  • human resources management and working conditions improvement for education professionals.

A teacher database is being prepared to provide basic data on the country’s 200,000 teachers. Those registered in the system will be issued a teaching permit and given two years to prove they have basic qualifications.

Likewise, data on the country’s 20,000 schools is being captured and a school identity card will be issued, from which time each school has two years to meet certain quality standards. Failing to meet these will mean the school will no longer be allowed to function or be eligible for state support. These two measures are the current priorities of the ministry. 

According to national data, in 2014-2015 education spending was 19.8% of Haiti’s total government spending and represented 9% of the gross domestic product.

Haiti has made available to UIS enrollment data for 2011/2012. The ministry of education is enhancing its information system with technical and financial support from partners (IDB, UNESCO, AECID, among others) with the objective to produce updated education indicators every year, starting from July 2011.

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Development objective: facilitate the continuation of schooling and back to school period, particularly for the most vulnerable children.
Allocation: US$16,500,000
Years: 2021-2026
Grant agent: WB
Utilization: US$0

The program supported by US$3.3 million in accelerated funding is motivated by the desire of the government to mitigate the effects of the security crisis on learning. It will contribute to achieving the objectives of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

Aiming to reach 80,000 primary and secondary children in around 200 public schools, the program has 5 components:

  1. Provision of psychosocial support to 30,000 students and 750 teachers through:
    • the dissemination and awareness of code of conduct against violence in the school environment and right to education
    • the implementation of an awareness campaign in target schools.
  2. Provision of teaching aid to teachers, aid for school materials for students and financial aid for families, reaching 40,000 children and 1,000 teachers. This includes activities like:
    • Distribution of age-appropriate school kits (preschool and basic) to 40,000 children
    • Distribution of 30,000 textbooks (French, Creole, mathematics) to 10,000 primary school students in targeted urban areas
    • Cash transfers to support access to education and school attendance for 1,600 vulnerable children in public schools of Port-au-Prince.
  3. Refresher/remedial courses and tutoring for 50,000 children and youth (including the dissemination and application of minimum skills programs) through:
    • Refresher/remedial courses and preparation for state exams for 50,000 primary and secondary school children
    • Distribution of learning and support materials
    • Training of 1,000 teachers.
  1. Non-formal basic education and training for 500 15-18-year-old youth. This will consist of setting up non-formal basic education and training on the basis of modules approved by the National Institute of Professional training (INFP) for 500 young people aged 15 to 18 who have dropped out of school because of the socio-economic and political crisis.
  2. Strengthening the ministry for the implementation of the response strategy as well as the coordination of development partners interventions. This will include activities like:
    • Development of student monitoring tools for teachers, directors, and education districts staff
    • Material and logistical support to local staff for the implementation of the monitoring activities
    • Training of ministry staff in the use of monitoring tools.

These activities are meant to be complementary to current programs underway (focusing on 4 out of the 6 objectives in the government response plan).


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Utilization Grant agent  
Accelerated funding 2020-2022 3,300,000 593,727 UNICEF  
COVID-19 2020-2022 7,000,000 1,231,977 UNICEF  
Program implementation 2021-2026 16,500,000 0 WB  
2014-2018 24,100,000 24,100,000 WB Completion report
2010-2015 21,999,969 21,999,969 WB Completion report
Sector plan development 2013 157,202 157,202 WB  
Program development 2020-2021 199,800 50,417 WB  
2013-2014 107,507 107,507 WB  
  Total 73,364,478 48,240,799    
Data last updated: December 15, 2021

GPE has also provided the Regroupement Education pour Toutes et Tous (REPT) with a grant from the Civil Society Education Fund, to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Haiti, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.

Primary completion rate

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated October 19, 2020