We are excited to share this latest update with you. The 2014-2015 school year is fully in session and we are launching a great, new partnership to spread our educational model on Lagonav and across Haiti.
School officially reopened on September 3rd, 2014. All students came on that first day, accompanied by their parents, to sign parent-student contracts and go over the key activities for the year. Having all students attend the first day of school is not an easy feat in Haiti, due to the difficulties that many parents have in paying for uniforms and school materials. At MCLC, however, because of your continued support and that of other partners, and the solid relationship we have built with parents over the years, all students are welcome on the first day of school (see more class pictures below).
Training teachers from the mainlandOur vision of a student-centered education model in Haiti, free of violence and based on hands-on activities that foster critical thinking and problem-solving rather than simple memorization, is slowing spreading as more school teachers and principals from the mainland come to us for training. In September, 10 teachers from Cap-Haitien and Jacmel spent two weeks at MCLC to receive training in several areas, notably reading and writing, teaching preparation, classroom management, and the integration of the garden into academic subjects such as sciences and math.
Partnering with Other Lagonav Institutions
MCLC, Beyond Borders (a non-profit working to end child slavery and prevent violence against women and girls in Haiti), and AAPLAG (The Association of Peasant Organizers of Lagonav) met on September 25 and 26 to develop a new educational partnership around child rights. MCLC’s role in this partnership is to train teachers in 25 schools in non-violent education and help create child-friendly schools and communities in our network. This partnership will also increase the speed at which we will introduce all Lagonav schools to our model. We are certain that this new academic year will be even more successful than the previous ones.
Chris Low, Executive Director FOM
Ezner Angervil, Director MCLC
2nd October Update
I spoke with the National Educational Inspector for the island of Lagonav the other day. He gave me the passing sixth grade national exam passing rates for all the schools across Lagonav so we could compare the numbers from the year before LKM began intervening in three of the four geographical zones on Lagonav, to now. The numbers are breath taking.All FOM volunteers and supporters should feel proud of their participation in making this a reality. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for continuing to better the lives of many children in Haiti. Less suffering, more learning, more hope, and more nurturing of children’s curiosities.