Bringing joy back to school
Judette, a 15-year-old, attends school in Fort Liberté, Haiti. After an altercation with another student, she received a beating from school staff as punishment. “I felt really bad that I would come to school and get beaten. I told my mom that I wanted to leave the school,” she says. In Haiti, children endure physical punishment at school despite it being outlawed since 1843. The country further prohibited the practice in 2001 by passing the Law Against Corporal Punishment of Children. Yet, many schools in the country still continue this practice in one form or another.