Reasons to Celebrate in Haiti

This week, the people of Haiti are still waiting for the results of the November 28 election. It is unclear when the announcement may be made, but it will most certainly be after Christmas, if not in the New Year. And as we wait, over 2,500 have died from cholera. And reconstruction of the country has been—as the New York Times notes—’tortuously slow.’ We must push for the delivery of urgent medical treatment and the increase of rebuilding efforts.
As we near Christmas, despite the hardships and devastation this country has faced, I think there is also cause for celebration in Haiti: the vitality, perseverance and potential of its people. For our students who are now approaching the half way point of their first term, we celebrate their joining of the UoPeople family (and wish them luck for the fast approaching exams!).
In my brief visit to Haiti, I was indeed inspired by the hope and passion of UoPeople’s students. For example, one of our students, Frederson, is not only a dedicated student; he is also an incredibly talented musician. In this clip, Frederson discusses his life, shows us his home and sings eloquently about living in Haiti and the challenges he faces.
To see why I have so much hope for Haiti, click here.
And to those who will be celebrating Christmas this weekend—our Haitian students and friends, as well as all our students and supporters throughout the world—I wish you a very happy holiday.


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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