The Oct 18, 2011
The Closing Plenary Session of WISE 2010 saw the establishment of a unique Task Force for Haiti, to help the country rebuild its education system.
The WISE Haiti Task Force exists in order to assist the Haitian authorities and educational stakeholders to implement innovative educational solutions.
In keeping with the WISE philosophy, these solutions work both to draw on the creativity of Haitian society and to take the best from experiences across the world.
Turning the Plans to Reality
The Task Force took a significant step forward at the recent workshop held in Port-au-Prince on September 28 and 29, 2011, titled ‘Rebuilding Education in Haiti: Sharing Success Stories and Global Experiences’.
One hundred participants gathered for the workshop, with representatives from government, public and private education sectors, business community, civil society, and the international community.
What Happened at the Workshop
The workshop covered key topics, with presentations and dialogue regarding Haitian government education policy, future plans, the major priorities and challenges faced, and the potential to develop innovative networks more effectively.
Alongside this, the workshop highlighted lessons from around the world in how best to rebuild all aspects of education systems within fragile environments.
Each of the sessions was enriched by representation from many members of the international community including UNESCO, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and UNICEF.
The workshop was concluded with a speech from The President of Haiti, Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly. In the speech the President warmly thanked WISE and the Qatar Foundation for their initiative and reiterated his determination to ensure that every child in Haiti receives a free elementary education.
The Next Steps
The Haiti Task Force will be presenting their ground-breaking work on Day 1 of the WISE Summit 2011 in the session titled ‘Haiti Task Force: Rebuilding the Education System in Haiti’.
This session will focus on how to build on the success of the Task Force thus far and scale up the initiative for the next stage. It will explore potential future partnerships and potential to engage with more Haitian stakeholders. Alongside this the session will consider how best to apply the experience and lessons learned in Haiti in other countries where challenging conditions are also being faced.
WISE encourages Summit participants to attend this session and contribute to the vital work of the Haiti Task Force.
The Members of the Task Force
This WISE Haiti Task Force is made up of three Haitian leaders -- Michèle D. Pierre-Louis, President of the FOKAL Foundation, former Prime Minister, Jacky Lumarque, Rector of Quisqueya University, and Samuel Pierre, President of GRAHN (Groupe d’Action et de Réflexion pour une Haiti Nouvelle); representatives from three WISE Partners – Mr. David Atchoarena, Head of Education Strategies at UNESCO, Mr. Yvon Fontaine, President of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, and Charles Goldman of the Rand Corporation; and three high-level international experts -- Mrs. Frannie Léautier, Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Mrs. Vicky Colbert, Founder and General Director of the Escuela Nueva Foundation, Colombia, and Mr. Jean-Eric Aubert, former OECD and World Bank Program Manager, Task Force Moderator.
WISE also wishes to thank all those who participated in the Task Force workshop for their valuable contributions.