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Schools open for 300,000 students in Haiti’s earthquake-battered regions

The Haitian Times 

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Students are back to school in the south after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in August.

Schools are back in session for about 300,000 students living in the three departments devastated by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in August. 

In a back-to-school campaign launched Oct. 4, the National Education and Vocational Training Ministry urged all schools that are able to welcome students in the Nippes, Grande-Anse and Les Cayes departments, local radio Metropole reported. The campaign’s re-opening launch, held at the Saint-Anne des Cayes School, drew Marie Lucie Joseph, minister of National Education, Bruno Maes, UNICEF’s Representative in Haiti, various local and national government authorities, and teachers.

At the Saint-Anne des Cayes event, officials reiterated the need to ensure students continue their studies, even if at a limited capacity. To provide that learning opportunity, some pupils will be scheduled for morning sessions and others for afternoon classes this school year.

The officials chose Saint-Anne, an elementary and secondary school, for the event because it is also accommodating students of the national school of Derrière-Fort, a nearby commune that was severely damaged by the quake. 

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Students in Haiti’s seven other departments, including those in Port-au-Prince, returned to school Sept. 21. Read more

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