In the early 1990s, EDC started its work to improve education in Haiti, beginning with primary formal education in Creole and mathematics. By September 30, 2005, EDC had also targeted at-risk and out-of-school youth ages 6 to 11 and 12 to 18. In addition to mathematics and Creole, these audiences learned about civic education, health, and environmental issues through Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) programs broadcast five mornings a week by three radio stations. Even in times of political instability, distance learning helped Haitians improve their access to education and information. Since the 1990s, the Formation à Distance education programs were broadcasted regularly on the radio so that students and teachers, unable to return to school during civil unrest, could hear the lessons from home. The project reached an estimated 352 schools and 45,000 students, 48 percent of which were girls. In the final year of USAID support, EDC/EDA assisted non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to reach out to 327 affiliated schools following the IRI programs.
United States Agency for International Development