Dr. Hebblethwaite addresses the disparity between French and Haitian Creole in official policy
August 5, 2021
Affiliate professor Dr. Benjamin Hebblethwaite (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) has published an op-ed shedding light on the role of language policy in Haiti's struggle for advancement, in the context of the country's history as well as current events.
"Even today [...] Haitian children are still subjected to a school system that largely operates in a language few Haitians speak with competence—let alone can read or write. It is estimated that roughly 5 to 10 percent of Haitians are functionally bilingual in French and Haitian Creole. However, 100 percent of Haitians speak Haitian Creole, and, more critically, 90% of Haitians speak only Haitian Creole."
Read the full article here: https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/08/03/haiti-language-education-school-french-haitian-creole/