FR | EN | DE

Education in Haiti: From Primary School to University

The Trois Roches primary school

This rural school located a few kilometers from Hinche, in a zone of scattered housing, has 200 pupils from 6 to 15 years.

These children are much more in need than those in the cities: their parents have great difficulty in feeding them, providing clothing and paying their education. The majority of them would not go to school without our intervention. Some children live two hours away.
The school offers them a daily hot meal.

Haiti-Cosmos thus saves them from going to the slums where they will have no choice but to become delinquents. This program encourages them to participate later in the development of their region.

The premises were restored in 2013, benches were made in 2014, and in 2015, the dining room was furnished.

The Baptiste Bethesda secondary school

In the days following the 2010 earthquake, Hinche saw the arrival of 60 000 displaced people (nearly half of the usual population of the city) from the most damaged areas. Soon, with the help of displaced teachers, Jean Claude François managed to establish a secondary school for 850 young people who found no place in the schools of Hinche. Classes started on February and were free.

As of September 2010, it was decided to ensure the financial autonomy of this school by establishing annual fees that are three times cheaper than in other nearby schools1.
The college has 1,000 students in 2016 and 40 teachers who have been trained in the country and who live in Hinche.

The success rate of the examinations of the patent was of 80% in 2013 and 94% in 2014. For the baccalaureate (high school diploma), the success rate was of 53% in 2014 and 70% in 2015 and 27% in 2016 (which, despite its apparent mediocrity, ranked the school above the most prestigious school in the region, Saint Martin. These results were due to the failure of the state educational system2).

58% of students registered in final year in 2016 wanted to pursue higher education at the UJPM (below).

1. For instance, the cost of the final year class in the Haiti-Cosmos school is similar to that of the 6th year class in other schools.

2. As the professors were not paid, they only corrected some of the papers. In protest, professors and students have closed the Ministry of Education in Hinche with padlocks!

Polytec, The Technical College

Founded in September 1995, Polytec provides training in:

  • Accounting,
  • Business management,
  • Construction techniques,
  • Agriculture.

The curriculum lasts two or three years depending on the nature of the course. 
Polytec employs a dozen lecturers who give the various courses to about one hundred students each year.

The training provided by Polytec is recognized by the National Institute of Professional Training (INFP).

The diploma awarded for successful completion of the course is equivalent to the BTS (Bac Technique Supérieur) in France.

So far, almost a hundred students have successfully graduated from Polytec. Two former students were awarded scholarships to continue their studies in the United States and Canada; two others have become teachers within the school.

Since 2010, many of the courses of Polytec are the same as those of the first two years of the University of Hinche (see below). Graduates of the Polytec have thus the possibility of:

  • either starting work immediately (most find a job easily);
  • or taking a national examination;
  • or continuing their studies by joining the university in the third and final year, since their Polytec diploma is equivalent to two years of university studies.

The Jean Price Mars University (UJPM) of Hinche

Soon after the earthquake of 2010, the head of Haiti-Cosmos received a delegation of the university students displaced to Hinche (more than a thousand). They had heard of his action in favour of schoolchildren (see above) and they asked for his help.

Wishing to participate in the reconstruction of the country, Jean Claude François responded favourably to this request and created the first university in Hinche in 2010 by establishing an agreement with the Jean Price-Mars University of Port-au-Prince.
The UJPM brought its name and the official recognition of its competence for the issuing of an undergraduate degree (4 years) of higher education, approved by the national Ministry of Education3.

Jean Claude Francois is Vice-Rector of the university.
The Hinche UJPM has five faculties in areas of highest priority for the country:

  • Economics and Social Sciences
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Agronomy
  • Nursing
  • Law.

The UJPM is the only university in the Central Plateau to propose a master in law.
In other faculties, the diploma awarded is the bachelor’s degree.
Courses started in April 2010.
Many courses in the first two years are common with those of Polytec.

Since November 2014, the courses are given in two magnificent buildings built in the edge of Hinche, in Rhodé. They can seat up to 10,000 students!

Jean Claude François is Vice-Rector of the University.
The UJPM has about 70 professors. The majority of them are civil servants or NGO employees.

The number of students is about 600 in 2016.
It had fallen from 1000 in 2010 to 300 in 2014 because some students had returned to the capital, where the courses had resumed under tents. Moreover, following the example of Haiti-Cosmos, several universities have been created in Hinche, in particular that of the State, which is free, whereas the UJPM asks students to pay some fees (the lowest ones in the country).
The Notre-Dame University, for example, is funded by the Vatican and by major American companies (Ford, Texaco…). The registration fees are almost four times higher than at the UJPM and entry is subject to competitive exams.
It is a real challenge to run the UJPM with very limited financial means and for students who do not always have the means to pay their registration.

The university has two 66-seater buses for students transport.

In 2015, the 6 university graduates recruited by the banks in the region were all from the UJPM.

In 2016, the University of Boston offered 14 computers to the UJPM.

3. The diploma of the Faculty of Nursing has been recognized in January 2016.

Making a difference...

With 52 CHF (48€), you fund a quarter of schooling of a teenager at the Baptiste Bethesda secondary school

With 90 CHF (84 €), you fund one year of daily meals distributed to a pupil of our primary school.

With 230 CHF (214 €), you pay a quarter of teacher’s salary of the JPM University.

Other donation methods >>

Subscribe to our newsletter