Haiti schools reopen for 1st time since quake

Published April 5, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Schools are opening across Haiti's capital for the first time since a devastating earthquake hit nearly three months ago.

It's a major step toward normalcy, but the hard-hit education system is just beginning to recover.

The Jan. 12 quake damaged or destroyed some 4,000 schools. Nobody wants to put children back under concrete roofs and many schools are waiting for tents.

Only a few hundred schools are expected to open this week. UNICEF education official Mohamed Fall said the goal is to have 700,000 children back in school by the middle of next month.

Educators said Monday they will focus on providing emotional support for traumatized children before picking up the regular curriculum.

Written by Associated Press

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