PR@TIC, a Digital Platform FOR the Continuity of Education in Haiti

In Haiti, the first cases of Covid-19 appeared on the 19th of March 2020 and for instance 144 countries around the world, the Haitian government authorities have adopted a series of procedures including the closing down of schools. The education of more than 4 million Haitian children has been interrupted, the educational stakeholders agree on providing a platform of educational resources towards the continuity of the school year which had already severely shaken by the political crisis. 
Globally, UNESCO enumerates 1,186,127,211 learners affected by the current pandemic, or 67.7% of all learners enrolled at pre-primary levels, primary, secondary and higher education, 144 countries having closed their schools. With a view to minimizing the impact of this health crisis on the Haitian education system as much as possible, the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) quickly reacted by setting up a working group to manage the crisis provoked by Covid-19, which is responsible for developing the strategic response plan for the education sector in Haiti.
This response plan encompasses six areas:
Heighten awareness and communication around Covid-19
Pedagogical support for students/ carrying on distance learning activities 
Support the functionaries with hygiene kits in order to strengthen the protection measures for agents in the workplace
Support the educational agents, distinctly teachers and parents
Preparation for the resumption of school activities
Enhance the capacity of the education system to manage crisis situations
The second area commended the creation of a virtual platform of educational and learning resources thus allowing primary and secondary students to continue their distance learning. The platform by the name of PR@TIC has been operational since April 24, 2020. It can be accessed free of charge via the MENFP’s website or at the following address: Access is directly possible via a computer, phone, or tablet or through social networks. Learners/ students can ask questions about a course posted online in a space reserved for this purpose, and following the principle of asynchronous interaction, the teacher interacts with his learners/students. In addition to this platform, distance education in Haiti also plans to broadcast audio-visual courses on the National Television of Haiti (TNH) and other private channels as well as on radio stations in the capital and in the departments, through community radios. The learning content will also be available on USB media in the relevant departments and technical directions for students. The MENFP also plans to print, on paper, certain contents and lesson sheets for the primary and secondary level as well as for the ENI, for the purpose of reaching the public who do not have access to digital technology in order to avoid leaving no one on the sidelines of education, which remains a fundamental right, in this time of crisis. Despite the goodwill and the efforts made by the shareholders, certain specific challenges inherent in this approach still need to be addressed. UNESCO supports the countries in their efforts to mitigate the immediate impact of schools closing, mainly for more vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, and to facilitate the continuity of inclusive education for all through distance learning. 
This is why it strongly supports the MENFP in its distance education programs and initiatives in Haiti, in particular through the Global Coalition for Education, launched by UNESCO to support the States to develop the best solutions for distance education and to reach the children and young people who are most at risk, with the support of several other institutions including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and UNICEF.