William Schmitt | December 15, 2014
The Haitian population is facing a critical need for literacy education. Forty-nine percent of Haitian students have no reading capabilities when they enter the third grade, and almost 50 percent of the adult population is illiterate. Lacking the ability to read, the majority of Haitian students fail to complete elementary school. Only 5 percent of students advance to secondary school, and only 1 percent go on to college.
In order to address the need, the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Haiti initiative recently launched its “Haiti Reads” project, an innovative literacy program in 52 Haitian Catholic schools. Working in partnership with the Haitian Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education (CEEC) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the project began in the summer and is supported by a $1 million grant from an anonymous foundation, as well as additional funding and staff support from CRS and ACE.
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