World Bank approves additional $90 million financing for Haiti

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(MENAFN – Caribbean News Global)

USA / HAITI – The World Bank Board has approved additional grant funding of US$90 million to the Republic of Haiti for the Promoting a More Equitable, Sustainable and Safer Education Project (PROMESSE), which is expected to benefit approximately 150,000 students, of which approximately 69,000 will benefit girls will benefit. The project will also support targeted interventions to help at least 1,500 girls stay in school and get on.

“The World Bank is committed to helping Haiti overcome the multiple impacts caused by the political, social and economic insecurity associated with the devastating effects of the 2021 earthquake and other natural disasters. A coordinated medium-term approach to transforming the education sector is an urgent need, as the average Haitian student retains only 6.1 years of schooling, adjusted for quality,” said Laurent Msellati, World Bank country manager for Haiti.

“This additional funding represents a further investment in human capital to support the government’s efforts to improve learning outcomes by building a fairer, more modern and resilient education system and to get children back to school in the southern peninsula hit by last year’s earthquake to send .”

The $90 million in Additional Funding (AF) from the International Development Association (IDA) includes $40 million from the IDA Crisis Response Window (CRW), which provides continuity of school instruction in those affected by the August 2021 earthquake affected areas will allow. The funds enable the reconstruction and rehabilitation of school infrastructure and the provision of nutritional support and improved learning conditions for children. The project will support 262 public schools by providing grants to support their operations, supplying kits of teaching and learning materials, training and support for teachers and administrators, and supporting reading for students in the first grades.

The project will also support access to 126 non-public primary schools and improve their teaching and learning environments through an outcome-based tuition waiver funding mechanism. In addition, the AF will be used to improve infrastructure investment planning and improve sustainable school infrastructure over the long term to “build better again” with improved resilience to earthquakes and climate change. School infrastructure plans include gender sensitivity and accessibility for people with disabilities, planting trees on school grounds to encourage water penetration and natural shade and cooling, and the use of water efficient technologies and renewable energy.

The parent project Project to promote an efficient education system in Haiti, was a $15.6 million project funded by the Global Partnership for Education to improve the Department of Education’s planning and regulatory functions and the learning assessment system. The AF of US$90 million will bring the total amount of the project to US$105.6 million and will build on the overall project’s efforts to strengthen the ministry’s central and departmental capacity and support data collection to work in synergy enable better decision-making with the school supports mentioned above.

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