NYHQ2010-0211

A girl smiles in a UNICEF tent school, on the first day of classes in the remote village of Jacquot Merlin, above Port-au-Prince, the capital. The crayons, exercise books, pencils and other school supplies on her desk are from a newly delivered UNICEF school-in-a box kit, containing teaching and learning materials for 80 students. Fifteen villagers, in a population of some 6,000, were killed during the earthquake. [#13 IN SEQUENCE OF THIRTEEN]

On 12 February 2010 in Haiti, a UNICEF tent school for children affected by the 12 January earthquake opened in the village of Jacquot Merlin, in a remote mountain area above Port-au-Prince, the capital. The school is the first to open in a quake-affected area since the disaster. The original school, which served 300 children, was destroyed during the earthquake. UNICEF is also providing educational materials for students and teachers at the school and has opened a basic health centre in the village, which had previously received UNICEF support. The quake killed an estimated 212,000 people in the country and left 1.1 million homeless; some 450,000 of the displaced are children. Major government and private infrastructure were also destroyed or heavily damaged. In response to the earthquake, UNICEF is the lead coordinating agency for education, child protection, nutrition and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and is working with the Government, other UN agencies, international and local NGOs and private partners across these and other sectors. UNICEF education support includes: the provision of tents for temporary learning spaces, ‘school-in-a box’ kits and recreation kits; and support for teacher-training programmes and for psychosocial and health services. UNICEF is also supporting the development of a nationwide ‘Go to School, Back to School’ campaign to encourage children’s return to school and to promote first-time attendance for children who previously had never attended school. (An estimated 55 per cent o