PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The National School of the Republic of the United States opened Monday after being rebuilt by Switzerland in its cooperation with Haiti.
The National School of the Republic of the United States’ reconstruction was funded by Swiss Cooperation amounting to over 70 million gourdes ($1.08 million [USD]). It was rebuilt on an area of 992 square meters and has 14 classrooms with a capacity of 960 pupils, 70 preschool students and about 29 teachers at double shifts.
The school includes a library, a computer room, a water tank with a capacity of 13.500 gallons, modern sanitary room, a dining hall and a multi-sports ground according to Haiti Libre which added that the work was 20 months long and was directed by the Haitian construction firm EnContra.
The opening of the school took place Monday on the first day of school. The ceremony was attended by President Jocelerme Privert who was accompanied by Jean Beauvois Dorsonne, Minister of Education, the Swiss Ambassador in Port-au-Prince, Jean-Luc Virchaux, the director of the institution, Magalie Georges, and her faculty and students.
In her speech, Mrs. George’s welcomed the government’s efforts which, with the support of the Swiss Cooperation in Haiti, offered the students an attractive and spacious setting, symbol of the new spirit that should animate the faculty and students.
The Ambassador of Switzerland, recalled that this school is one of 12 reconstruction projects led by the Swiss Cooperation in Haiti. While boasting quality construction that meets seismic standards, Jean-Luc Virchaux asked teachers and students to make the area a place of excellence.
In turn Jocelerme Privert remains convinced “…a good youth education ensures the development of a country. For this, we must take action to provide the country with adequate school infrastructure and quality education, improving the living conditions of teachers. ”