Out of the rubble of Haiti, a new beginning through education
Haitian students in the midst of discussion. Photo by Amy Rhoades
By Amy Rhoades
OUT of the rubble and destruction created by the devastating earthquake of January 2010 in Haiti, young internally displaced persons (IDPs) are being given an opportunity to start afresh through targeted education and skills development programmes.
Young IDPs partaking in a seminar on road safety
Photo by Amy Rhoades
For many, this is their first time inside a classroom. In April, I will be leading a workshop at the Center on Rights Development in Denver, taking a closer look at Haiti's imperfect road to recovery through IDP training programmes as part of 'Project 16 neighborhoods - 6 camps.' Moreover, it explores the pertinence of training and skills development for sustainable recovery following an emergency and the imperative of the international community to support IDPs in acquiring the resources and skills necessary to rebuild their lives, their communities and their country.
I'm speaking on a panel entitled "Education Under Attack: Learning in Conflict and Emergency Settings." I''m also leading a workshop: "'Rebuilding lives and livelihoods: Why education and skills development for IDPs is critical for a sustainable recovery, in Haiti and beyond' This should provide some practical examples from Haiti.
The Center on Rights Development is having its Annual Human Rights Symposium: "From Failure to Flourish: Challenges in Global Education" from April 9th-11th in Denver.