Election Hopes

I was saddened to read the news yesterday of the violence that has flared in Haiti following the announcement of election results. I hope for a speedy and peaceful resolution to the crisis. Stable government is crucial for helping Haiti rebuild. Indeed, almost a year after the devastating earthquake, Haiti is faced with widespread destruction, thousands of displaced persons, crippling poverty and a cholera epidemic that is still spreading.

I was fortunate enough to spend a few days recently in Port-au-Prince. There, despite the obvious hardships, I saw such hope and potential for the future. I was honored to be invited into the homes of many young Haitians and to speak to them about their hopes and dreams. I left Haiti inspired by its people, many of whom have lost so much, and yet continue to do their utmost to build their lives and their country.

Being in Haiti also reaffirmed my belief in the power of education to transform lives, communities and even countries. Haiti needs to rebuild and reconstruct many sectors, and it has many urgent priorities to address, yet there is no doubt in my mind that a major key to its future development lies in educating its youth. Providing young Haitians with the tools to rebuild their country is critical. UoPeople hopes to play a part by offering students there the opportunity to access online, tuition free education.

It is my hope that a new government is established peacefully and as soon as practicable so that we can all help Haiti build back better.

Please donate to help develop Haiti’s future. Even $1 will help to secure our students’ future. For more information click here.

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About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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One Response to Election Hopes

  1. Danijel Artenjak says:

    Such a great post, Mr. Reshef. You gave us a much broder picture of events in Haiti, and you also pointed out some other things that didn’t seem so important for establishing a good, strong basis for the overall progress of Haiti.

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