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2010.01.01


* UNICEF sets up "Tent Schools" for children to return to school in Haiti.
* 시간: 02 min 50 secs
* 촬영도시: Port-Au-Prince
* 촬영국가: Haiti
* 촬영일자: 26 Feb 2010


Chantal is a teacher, who encourages her students to look positively towards the future.


SOUNDBITE Chantal Duphrézin, Teacher (French)
"There is one child who wants Haiti to be rebuilt and this child in the future wants to be a paediatrician"


It has been 2 weeks since lessons began in the tents of the camp at a sports centre at Carrefour.


The surrounding neighbourhood was severely affected by the January 12th earthquake Approximately 500 families live here now. Before the tent schools opened, the children had no access to school or education.


6 classes share the space within these two tents. And more than 300 children are registered in these classes.


The space is tight but the most important thing is that the children are able to go to school.


5,000 schools in Haiti were destroyed or damaged during the earthquake Most of these schoolchildren have lost friends and teachers.


But a return to school is an essential step for a child to start a new life again.


SOUNDBITE Chantal Duphrézin.(French)
" A country cannot run without an education system. We have had organized psychosocial support, and a way to help children to handle the stress. But we must also remind them that school still exists. At present it's a little bit asleep, but school is not dead"


To enable children to return to school, the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and its partners have established training for 10,000 teachers. In turn the students benefit from the support.


Without excluding formal education, most learning during these first few days will be done through games.


Before the earthquake, only about 50% of children in Haiti went to school.


Whether the schools were private or in the state system, most were dilapidated and lacked supplies.


In a positive light, the disaster which destroyed 80 % of school buildings is, in a way, a means of rethinking education in Haïti.


SOUNDBITE Françoise Gruloos-Ackermans, Acting Representative UNICEF Haiti (French)
"We have before us a movement to give all children access to the school system. Not only those who already go, but also those who didn't."


To begin with, the schools will be temporary canvas tents.


At present 150 tents are being distributed and set up to accommodate the students.


The next step is semi-permanent schools and finally, with the help of UNICEF, earthquake-proof schools that will be built i