Welcome back to school.
Today we learn some facts and figures about Haiti, as quoted from the CIA world factbook:
Area: total: 27,750 sq km. Land boundaries: 360 km with Dominican Republic. Coastline 1,770km
Median age: total: 21.1 years male 20.9 years female: 21.4 years (2010 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: 62.17 years. male 60.84 years. female: 63.53 years
Ethnic groups: black 95%, mulatto and white 5%
Religions: Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), none 1%, other 3%. Note: roughly half of the population practices voodoo
...especially when they arrive in large groups, in white cars, with camera people and lots of foreign language talk.
Languages: French (offcial), Creole (official)
note: only 10% of the population is said to really speak French
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write. total population 52.9%
male 54.9 %, female 51.2% (2003 est.)
Education expenditures: 1.4% of GDP. country comparison to the world 177
85% of Haitian schools are privately financed, the state being able to provide funds for only 15% of them.
Compulsory school attendance is 10 years.
Every school has its own uniform. You can buy uniforms at local markets next to the schools. Notice the bows and socks ALWAYS match the uniform.
We are in the only Caribbean country where soccer is the ruling game. Neither baseball, nor rugby.