Education, including higher education, is crucial to human development, yet a lack of access to quality education remains a key obstacle to Haiti’s social and economic development.
- Two-thirds of Haiti’s population lives in rural areas, yet the vast majority of universities are located in proximity to Port au Prince (87%, prior to the 2010 Earthquake).
- Many of those universities, as well as a significant number of their faculty members, were lost in the 2010 Earthquake.
- Government allocation of financial resources to rural universities is minimal.
- Only 1% of university-age men and women are enrolled in institutions of higher education.1
- Of those that graduate (40% of those who enroll), only half find employment and only 16% remain in Haiti 2
UNIF’s unique focus on rural development, its collaboration with other rural communities, and its commitment to mentoring students as they prepare to return to their rural communities constitute a meaningful response to the shortfalls of higher education in Haiti.
1 The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Education in Haiti:
An Overview of Trends, Issues and Plans. September 2011.
2 Haitian Education and Leadership Program (http://www.uhelp.net 1/17/14)