Rebirth for Haiti

Published on 9 October 2010

Author(s): UNESCO

Type:  Magazine

How can Haitian society be rebuilt? What is the role of culture, education, the economy, in its rebirth? These are the questions raised in this issue of the UNESCO Courier

It reflects the Forum held at UNESCO on 24 March 2010 that brought together experts and intellectuals from Haiti and elsewhere. Articles are signed by Raoul Peck, President of La Fémis film school in Paris; Wole Soyinka, Nigerian laureate of the Nobel prize for literature; Jacky Lumarque, rector of Quisqueya University and Alex Dupuy, American sociologist.

Haiti is contemplating its future lucidly, beyond the ruins. In the aftermath of the 12 January 2010 disaster, the Haitians expressing their views in this issue of The Courier are not indulging in lamentations. They look at the past the better to analyze their country’s present situation and to consider what should come next. If they accuse Haiti of lacking vision, of falling prey to superstition or the trap of victimhood, this is only to clear the ground for reconstruction. Along with the other international experts who participated in the forum “Rebuilding the social, cultural and intellectual fabric of Haiti” organized by UNESCO last 24 March, they are expecting the international community to assist them in a more responsible way than in the past. But above all Haitians are relying on themselves.

“The very soil on which both the seeds of tyranny and resistance were sown,” in the words of Wole Soyinka, 1986 winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Haiti is preparing its refoundation. The rebuilding needed is not only political, economic and social, it is also intellectual, emotional and moral. To this end, Haiti must draw particularly on education, which must be reinvented, and on culture, its essential vital force. On the international scale, these domains fall into UNESCO’s fields of competence; immediately after the disaster the Organization pledged its support for Haiti’s recovery.

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