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Most Haitian schools suffered at least some damage in the January earthquake. If they weren’t completely flattened, they’ve since been deemed “structurally unsound” – too unsafe for children to attend. Some schools set up benches outside of their building and hold classes in the open air. But then, space becomes an issue – schools that once served 500 students may only be able to accommodate, say, 100. And all of this, of course, applies only to kids who went to school in the first place – less than half of Haiti’s youth went to school before the earthquake, and that number has plummeted now that so many families have lost everything. Producer Amanda Thieroff visited a school outside of Port-au-Prince that’s in the process of rebuilding.
*NOTE: Since the recording of this story, SOPUDEP school has reopened at its original site in Morne Lazarre, and students are attending classes in the courtyard outside of the school. Meanwhile, construction at the new site continues.
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