Aristide mandated that 20% of the national budget be dedicated to education.
From 2001–2004, school enrollment rates rose from 67.8% to 72%.
■ Under Lavalas administrations, more schools were built in Haiti between 1994–2000 than between 1804–1994. Lavalas built 195 new primary schools and 104 new public high schools, including a brand new high school in Cité Soleil. Many of these schools were built in rural areas where no schools existed previously.
■ Despite this construction effort, there are still not nearly enough public
schools for all of Haiti's children. The Lavalas government provided hundreds of thousands of scholarships for children to attend private schools.
■ The Lavalas government granted a 70% government subsidy for schoolbooks and uniforms.
School lunch programs expanded to serve 700,000 hot meals a day and Haiti's first school
bus program began.
■ In the summer of 2001, the Haitian government launched a national literacy campaign