Wyclef Jean has called for better education in his native Haiti to help rebuild the nation following the devastating earthquake in January (10).
The former Fugees star insists the massive tremor "gives Haiti a new slate" and that government officials must now concentrate on improving literacy to better the population. Approximately 50 per cent of the nine million people in the poverty-stricken country are illiterate.
Jean tells the Associated Press, "If we're going to get to the 21st century, I don't know how we're going to do that with a population who can't read or write.
"We have to think strategic on how we deal with the situation on a level beyond emotions."
Jean has been instrumental in leading the relief efforts in his homeland, and his Yele Haiti Foundation is currently working to build temporary shelters for survivors.