Tuesday, February 18, 2014

President Martelly speaks at Howard U. on Haiti’s education and recovery

Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly emphasized the importance of learning to a crowd of faculty, students, and other attendees at Howard University on Feb. 5, saying that “education frees us of ignorance and servitude.”

Martelly and his wife, Sophia Martelly, visited Howard’s School of Business to talk about education and the positive changes Haiti has experienced following a catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

In the aftermath of the disaster, Martelly made education one of the four top priorities of his platform when he ran for president in 2010. Early in his term, Martelly proposed a revolutionary program aimed at providing free and mandatory education to primary school-aged Haitian children.

“Two years and eight months after taking office, I am proud to report that nearly 1.3 million primary school-aged children have been enrolled in school as part of my government education program,” Martelly said to the crowd.

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