The children in Bois de Laurence, Haiti are excited to start their day at school. Students wear their school uniforms with pride.
Education in Haiti is valued. Formal education begins at preschool, which is followed by 9 years of Fundamental Education. Elementary education is compulsory for children between 6 and 9. Although tuition in public schools is legally free for the first two cycles of Fundamental Education, most children go to private schools and pay fees. This is most often due to the limited availability of public schools.