U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Visit Haiti, Tour Schools, Meet With Education and Political Leaders and Announce New USAID Investment During Two-Day Visit

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Haiti at the invitation of Vanneur Pierre, Haitian Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, to see the education system in Haiti firsthand. While in Haiti, the Secretary will announce a new education investment in Haiti as part of USAID's Room to Learn program. Along with this announcement, Duncan will visit three schools, meet with national leaders and share insights aimed at helping the Haitian Ministry of Education implement its reform agenda. Haiti is at a critical juncture in rebuilding its economy and there is a significant governmental consensus and commitment to advancing education reform as part of the effort. The Secretary's trip complements an ongoing U.S. Government effort to support Haiti as it seeks to rebuild its economy and infrastructure after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. In addition to the school visits, Secretary Duncan will hold two diplomatic meetings with senior Haitian officials, participate in two roundtable discussions with education leaders and the community, and visit the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), which provides university scholarships to top students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Secretary Duncan will be joined by Maureen McLaughlin, senior advisor to the Secretary and director of international affairs at the U.S. Department of Education; Mark Feierstein, associate administrator, USAID; and Christie Vilsack, senior advisor for International Education, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Secretary Duncan is also scheduled to meet with U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Pamela White, Haitian Education Minister Vanneur Pierre, and Haitian President Michel Martelly.

Haiti is one of six countries where Room to Learn will be implemented. Room to Learn is a global education program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase equitable access to quality education.