Tuesday, May 1, 2012


(Haiti Libre) -

Laurent Lamothe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister-designate, accompanied by Mr. Joao Santana, Charge d'Affaires of the European Union, and Reginald Paul, the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, inaugurated earlier on the weekend, the Fundamental School of Application - Pedagogical Support Center (EFACAP) Anténor Firmin, of Cap Haitien.

Arriving by helicopter with his team, Laurent Lamothe was greeted by hundreds of children singing the national anthem and songs of welcome. In a speech spoken in Creole, he commended the efforts of the Minister of Education, and the European Union, for the education of children in the North of Haiti; praising the actions of President Martelly, for his program of free schools across the country.

For his part, the Charge d'Affaires of the European Union highlighted the "Program of the European Union of Support to Strengthening the Quality of Education" (PARQE), funded since 2002 to the tune of 40 million euros and which has to its credit: the construction of 19 EFACAPs and the networking and rehabilitation of over 440 schools in 4 departments; thus ensuring an educational environment for about 120,000 students, and also equipping them with textbooks and school kits. Support was also provided to over 3,000 teachers, pedagogical advisors, and principal inspectors of EFACAP in the network, who have been equipped with teaching materials...

The Prime Minister-designate also met with professors, responsible for school education and reminded them that the training program put in place by the Head of State will continue in compliance with educational standards, as has also been pointed out by the Minister of Education, who took the opportunity to deny a persistent rumor in Cap Haitien, suggesting the elimination of Bac 2.

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