According to Haiti’s Ministry of Education, there are still 400,000 children in Haiti who do not have access to primary education. In response, the Government of Haiti launched their “Back to School Initiative” to provide free, universal primary education. The Clinton Foundation provided funding and support to help Haiti work towards the government’s stated goal of universal primary school enrollment. In collaboration with strong partners, the Clinton Foundation is supporting the construction of schools throughout the country, as well as working to provide solar energy, trees and other amenities to improve the learning environment.
The Clinton Foundation has supported the reconstruction of a central primary school in Port au Prince which had been destroyed in the earthquake. The Foundation collaborated closely with the Ministry of Education to determine a priority site, and in 2014, l’Ecole Argentine school reopened in Delmas, Haiti. The project fully rehabilitated six classrooms, rebuilt a large classroom block that was destroyed in the earthquake, built three new classrooms, restored the library building, reconstructed and upgraded the latrines and canteen, and landscaped the courtyard area to make it an accessible green space for students.
Additionally, in 2010, the Digicel Foundation in Haiti made a Commitment to Action through the Clinton Global Initiative to restore sound educational environments to 50 primary schools that were damaged or destroyed by the January 2010 earthquake. Initially, 15 transitional, modular schools were built and furnished in Port-au-Prince. Once the Government of Haiti published school construction standards, the Digicel Foundation then continued to construct and furnish 35 permanent schools. The commitment's ultimate goal is to provide, over two years, 40,000 children with access to education through these schools. By the end of 2011, Digicel had completed all 50 schools, and was well on their way to completing their new commitment to build 80 more schools throughout the country. In 2014, the Digicel Foundation completed its 150th school. These 150 schools now serve more than 50,000 students in all 10 departments of the country.
Throughout 2012, the Clinton Foundation also worked with Greif Manufacturing to construct the first primary school and community center for the people of Lake Azuei with Operation Blessing. The school is providing 100 children with a quality school and quality education.