Support programme for the rebuilding of school infrastructure (Programme d’Appui à la reconstruction des Infrastructures Scolaires P.A.R.I.S.
Improve access to good quality education through building safe, permanent and comfortable school infrastructure
The earthquake on 12 January 2010 caused unprecedented damage in Haiti. In the southwest of the country, one of the worst affected regions, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is providing support to the Ministry of Education in rebuilding schools in accordance with the appropriate architectural and anti-earthquake norms. The programme is designed to provide the education community with model school buildings that are compliant with norms and can be used anywhere in Haiti.
Objectives of PARIS
On the basis of the experiences gained from the pilot schools, the MENFP, with the technical support of the SDC, has set up a working group to develop plans for models for use in different contexts in Haïti. This working group brings together the main actors in the reconstruction of school infrastructure in Haïti: the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), UNICEF, The Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID), the Ministry of Public Works and Communication (MTPTC), and NGOs active in the sector.
The objective of the model plans is to shorten, simplify and reduce the costs of the conceptual phases of specific school construction dossiers through the production of technical reference documents based on the norms and on the knowledge acquired experiences gained. At the end of 2012, the first two models were finalised and obtained building permission from MENFP and MTPTC within the framework of a project to build a national school in the municipality of Miragoâne. A third model, specially adapted to areas that are remote or difficult to access is in the process of development.
Theoretical and practical workshops for engineers
The first such action was carried out in 2012 and comprised the organisation of a series of four theoretical and practical workshops on the pilot building sites for some 20 engineers for the purpose of learning the principles of earthquake-resistant construction. The workshops terminated with the delivery of 15 sets of supervision equipment for the DGS and the departmental managements, including in particular special hammers for testing concrete (sclerometers), portable computers, GPS devices and cameras.
The project in briefDomain
Country / Region
Ministry of National Education and Professional Training (MENFP)
1,300 schools collapsed as a result of the earthquake in January 2010, providing a tragic demonstration of the poor quality of school buildings (absence of norms and guidelines or failure to respect them). Rebuilding the schools has been a major concern of the government of Haiti.
- Ensure the construction of safe and permanent infrastructure
- Provide access to safe school buildings
- Students aged 4 to 14 attending state schools
- Teachers from the EFACAP (elementary School and Teachers’ Support Centre)
CHF 12,000,000 (development of the models and buildings)
SDC, Roche and the Principality of Liechtenstein