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June, 2009:

Professional Development

IMG_0136Three MCLC staff, Benaja, Feronel and I attended an Etoys training on the XO laptops that was held at a school in Petite Riviere, in the southern part of Haiti. Although the teachers spoke some English, it quickly became obvious that they would understand the lessons more fully if translated into Haitian Creole. I offerred that we could help teach and translate.  Bill, Benaja and I became a great XO training team. We are planning to run a pilot of the XO computers next February 2010. This is perfect for us because we learned how to make animated books with the Etoys software. This will furthur our ability to create Haitian Creole books on our website for our  Mother Tongue Books project.

A Rotary Club is being formed right here on Lagonave! If all goes as scheduled they will be able to start receiving projects by this August. This will enable us to start our next Rotary funded library expansion and book publishing project.

I just trained staff from Limyè Lavi and 24 women from KOFAVIV in Education is a Conversation, Children’s Rights module. see www.Kathleencash.org <http://www.Kathleencash.org> . In turn each of these KOFAVIV women will be implementing the program to a group of 20 people in each one of their communities. KOFAVIV is a solidarity group and clinic for victims of rape.

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We are really excited by the potential of these recent events.

Chris

June Update

Living here makes me remember daily that we are still fighting
colonialism. I went to a teacher appreciation day yesterday. It was 60
schools that were part of a health program for 3 years that Concern
World Wide conducted. They asked a director and one best teacher to
come to the event. The national inspectors were there who told them
how they should do their job well even if they aren’t paid, because
they made the choice to do the job and they are the ones who produce
the citizens of the country, the president, and the government officials.
What a slap in the face in some respects. The majority of these
teachers even in a public school will not get paid for months at a
time. Some people see 30 dollars a month. One dollar a day.
One of the inspectors made his speech in French. After I made my
argument for them to start thinking about the real problem of why
teachers can’t succeed in teaching the children concepts, because they
are teaching in a language no one speaks on Lagonav, one inspector
responded, “well yes we all know it is a problem but they say if you
speak Creole you are not educated.” Oh, we have so far to go.
Abner picked Robert Cajuste for our best teacher of the year. Here he
is receiving his appreciation gifts.

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