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Haiti’s gang violence keeps 900 schools shut down

Port-au-Prince, May 6 (Prensa Latina) The Haitian Parents Association urged the Presidential Transitional Council to restore 900 schools that are currently closed in Haiti.

In a statement, the organization stressed the emergency of opening the schools in order to save the academic year affected by the wave of violence.

The daily Le Nouvelliste recalls that the closure of schools in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area deprives teachers of their jobs.

Some schools manage to organize online classes, but the results are not satisfactory.

‘We are moving in slow motion, and the children are becoming more and more mediocre, the programs are not being completed. Nothing conclusive is being achieved,’ the teacher said.

Lately, Haiti’s National Education and Vocational Training Ministry condemned the looting and burning of schools and universities by gangs.

‘Attacking and burning schools and universities, destroying archives, destroying school and university material, is destroying the main members of a society,’ according to ministry.

What the gangs are doing is smashing up the central pillar of a house that allows the whole of society to stand steadfast to prepare the future of children, young people and a country,’ the statement said.

The ministry called for unity to protect schools, reiterating that children’s right to education must be safeguarded at all times. It further stressed that the number of schools forced to close resulted in 200,000 children not enjoying their right to education.