The coronavirus situation has affected the functioning of the whole world and left an unusual order of affairs in Haiti. This affected not only the functioning of society and citizens as such, but also education. Due to the so-called lockdown, the country was paralyzed from mid-March to the end of July. At that time, no services were working, and the schools were closed. However, right after the release, everything started up again. And so did the school year 2019/2020, so that the children would catch up.

By the end of October, they had completed regular school lessons without further holidays or delays. Not only with increased safety conditions, such as washing hands before and after school, wearing veils or regular disinfection before snacks, but also in the morning and afternoon shifts, when children went to school split in half so that they did not meet so much, and thus reduced risk of possible infection – even on Saturdays.

At the beginning of October, each child received a certificate and was able to enjoy several weeks of well-deserved leave. The exceptions were pupils in the ninth grade of primary school and the fourth grade of secondary schools, who were waiting for their final exams during this period. Not their results from the state commission are still expected. So many do not know which class to take or whether to advance to a higher school. And the new school year 2020/2021 began on Monday, November 9, 2020. But such is Haiti.

Certificates as gradually sent by our Haitian partners are uploaded to the database adopce.haiti.cz (the login name and password can be found in each adoptive parent in the annex to the adoption agreement) for viewing the study results for the past school year. In general, however, it can be judged that despite the long break in teaching and the still unstable and unusual situation in teaching, the children mastered the curriculum well. Only 15% of children repeat the year this year, which is the usual Haitian average (in 2019, 16% of children repeated the year).

All that remains is to wish them many successes in the next school year and a lot of satisfaction from the newly acquired curriculum.

Schedule of the school year 2020/2021:

School year: November 9, 2020 – July 30, 2021

Days off:

  • November 18, 2020: Battle of Vertière
  • December 23, 2020-3. January 2021: Christmas
  • February 15, 2021: Carnival
  • February 17, 2021: Ash Wednesday
  • March 26, 2021 – April 4, 2021: Easter
  • May 18, 2021: University and Flag Day
  • June 3, 2021: God’s body

Examination period:

  • 14-18 December 2020
  • March 1 – 5, 2021
  • May 3 to 7, 2021
  • July 5-30, 2021

Official exams:

  • 9. AF: July 12-14, 2021
  • End of high school studies: July 26-30, 2021

Lada Matyášová, Archdiocesan Charitas Olomouc