Education is development.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
The Haitian state’s role in primary education is uniquely low from a global perspective. Of the world’s poorest countries, Haiti is the only one in which more than 50 percent of children do not attend school, and of those who do, 80 percent are enrolled in non-state schools. The country has a total of 14,424 private schools and 1,240 public schools. Non-state schools therefore comprise 92 percent of all schools, the vast majority of which do not receive public subsidies. Since there are very few schools in rural areas, parents often wait until the child is old enough to make the long journey to the nearest school.
For these reasons, we founded Institution Classique Chrétienne De Vignier (ICCV) in 1997 with 29 children to offer our help in developing the next generation of leaders in our community. We face a population with a nearly 50% illiteracy rate and a 60% dropout rate by the sixth grade. Despite these challenges, ICCV has flourished and is proud to call out the greatness of over 700 bright and talented students. Each of these young leaders are an investment into the development of Haiti.
ICCV offers excellent Kindergarten, Primary, and Secondary education. The school not only helps local children but creates jobs in our community. Our staff consists of 81 people, divided among administrators, teachers, cooks, cleaning staff, and volunteers with a monthly payroll of about $9000. The school fees are kept low in order to help our struggling local families. For example, Kindergarten and Primary fees are about $58 per year. The annual contribution of parents is about 20% of the school’s budget. The good will of sponsors from around the world keeps the ICCV doors open and helps provide salaries, uniforms, books, and technology to develop young scholars.