Tuesday, September 10, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – On the occasion of World Literacy Day, the collective of organizations for the defense of the rights of migrants and returnees (CODDEMIR) reiterates its commitment to act for the human dignity by demanding concrete action from the Haitian state.
In 1958, UNESCO defines literacy as the fact that a person can both read and write a simple statement relating to everyday life by understanding it. In 1978, UNESCO adopted a definition of functional literacy: it is the fact that a person can engage in all activities that require literacy for the effective functioning of his group or community. and also to allow him to continue to use reading, writing and arithmetic for his own development and that of the community.
In an article published by Ritzamarum Zétrenne in the Haitian daily “Le National” on September 7 2015, he informs us that there are three million Haitians who are unfit to read and write. According to Zétrenne, the majority of this community is female (52%). And three (3) out of ten (10) Haitians are still illiterate according to figures given at a two-day national forum on literacy and adult education, organized on June 15 and 16, 2015, at the initiative of the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) and the Secretariat of State for Literacy. But what did the Haitian State do to combat this social problem?
Witness of Marbial . This program was conducted in six rural sections of the Southeast Department. But, most of the participants were children. And we will not forget about the ONAAC project under Duvalier
With the end of the Duvalierist regime in 1986 and the Alpha campaign (1985-1988), a great effort was made on the side of the students for the literacy of a large majority of the Haitian population, reports Paul DEJEAN in his book entitled “Kisa gouvenman peyi a janm fe 1943 ak 1988 for the rule koze pa konn ekri ak pa konn li ann ayiti”, published in 1990. Only the public authorities have imposed their refusal, did
Unfortunately these low works have not been corrected. Today, CODDEMIR believes that literacy is the Gordian knot of all social, economic and cultural progress. In 2019, in the middle of the 21st century, we can not afford to have a single illiterate person in Haitian society. That is why CODDEMIR invites all sectors of the national life to put all in motion to annihilate this factor of underdevelopment. Illiteracy is a corollary of misery. It is intolerable that the authorities of the executive power and our legislators continue to turn a blind eye to this indicator of underdevelopment.
PIERRE GAROT NERE