Education is the single, greatest weapon against poverty.
No matter where you live Haitians place a high value on education, but most families can only afford to send one child to school for just a few years. In Haiti, families are expected to cover the cost of uniforms, textbooks and supplies. That’s tough to manage when you can’t put food on your table.
Worldwide, Haiti is ranked 177th out of 186 countries for education spending. Of 15,000 Haiti schools, more than 90 percent are run privately. The few public, government-funded schools are concentrated in highly urbanized areas such as the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince – far away from the rural community of Grand-Bois.
The choice between food and education should never be one a family has to make. But, it’s often a choice Haitians, particularly Grand-Bois families, must make every day. Improving education system will create opportunity, thereby helping to combat poverty. ServeHAITI is committed to working with the Grand-Bois community to improve the quality of education.
TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM:
Nearly a dozen volunteers make-up the Education Committee and have been providing teacher training for the past four years. This group administers a three-week training program to approximately 75 teachers covering 20-25 schools in Grand-Bois. This program impacts nearly 4,000 children every year. In 2011, the training program was expanded to include administrator training and a post-training evaluation component. In 2013, 20 new schools began the 3 year training, and completed the program in 2015. In 2016, 20 brand new schools began this process, and was restructured to hire local teachers (who had previously completed the training) to undergo training in order to instruct future teachers in the program.
RESTORE OUR SCHOOLS PROGRAM:
To create an environment more conducive to learning, ServeHAITI launched the Restore Our Schools Program in 2013 to improve the infrastructure and buildings of the schools that have completed the Teacher Training Program.
For each school, a “restoration or rebuilding” plan is devised which includes providing or repairing chalkboards, desks, benches, roofs, doors, and concrete flooring, as well as painting and exterior maintenance. For most projects, local Haitian workers are employed to complete the renovation or rebuilding of the schools, bringing new jobs to the area.
To date, 6 schools have been renovated or rebuilt. Each school costs approximately $10,000 – $16,000 to rebuild.
How You Can Help the Education Program
- Give a donation toward the purchase of teacher training supplies and materials for our Haitian teachers. Each teacher can be trained for approximately $230.
- Give a donation toward the Restore Our Schools Program. Any donation large or small would make a big difference in buying paint, plywood, chalkboards, etc for these classrooms and schools.
- Come and Help! We would love to have you on a ServeHAITI trip to help complete a restoration project or help with teacher training (summers only). We welcome everyone with a heart to help and willingness to learn.