Haiti children start to return to school with fear: UNESCO

11:32, April 09, 2010      

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Children in Port au Prince, capital of the quake-hit Haiti, began returning to school this week but many children were mentally struggling with fear and panic left by the quake, the Paris-based United Nations' education watchdog said Thursday in a statement.

Three months after the deadly earthquake on 12 January, children start to learn about earthquakes as a natural phenomenon, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization said.

However, the organization pointed out only a few schools have been able to open so far, very few children have turned up for classes and debris can be seen in most places.

Many of those returning to school have inquietude reactions, including pupils and some teachers, local deans told the UN organization.

The UNESCO said Haiti children's normal lessons "were replaced by a special syllabus developed by UNESCO and the Haitian Ministry of Education to take into account the trauma and disruption experienced by both children and teachers," which would cover some 600,000 pupils in both public and private education.

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