Education is one of the most proven and effective means to lift people out of poverty. Education provides people with the tools and skills to create a better life for themselves and their children. The targets of this goal are to ensure that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary education by 2030; in addition the goal includes equal access to affordable vocational training and universal access to quality higher education; and finally, that communities have tools to sustain educational programming.
In Haiti, free access to primary and secondary education still remains elusive, this despite the recent gains through efforts from the government, multilaterals, and global philanthropists. Today, 48% of all 15-24 year old Haitian youth have yet to complete primary education. More startling is that that this number climbs to 80% when looking at Haiti’s poorest populations. A USAID early grade reading assessment showed that 75% of children graduating from first grade and about 50% of children graduating from second grade could not read a single word. This is further illustrated by the low 50% literacy rate throughout the country.
One obstacle to universal access to primary and secondary education in Haiti, is the financial barrier faced by low-income families interested in educating their children. In 2000, 90% of Haitian schools were private and while that number has decreased in recent years to 85%, parents still pay on average US$130 per year to send their children to school, this in one of the poorest countries.  Furthermore, many of these schools receive minimal government oversight. Finally, there is a severe shortage of qualified teachers, with 50% of the public sector teachers in Haiti lacking basic qualifications and almost 80% without any pre-service training.
Fact Sheet FINAL January 2016 -2 page.pdf
Fact Sheet FINAL January 2016 -2 page.pdf.
Fact Sheet FINAL January 2016 -2 page.pdf
sustainable development goal 4:
ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 4 targets
4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
4.2 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.5 By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.6 By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
4.a Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
4.b By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
4.c By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States
Comprehensive list of resources is forthcoming