Dear friends of Matènwa,
Summer camp was filled with fun and learning. The students, teachers, and visitors all had an enriching experience working and playing together.
Since 2012, summer camp has been a popular program at the school. This year, we had over 250 participants, split into different workshops suh as arts and crafts, dance, knitting, music, and yoga. Our visitors also had time to interact with their host families. For example, some learned how to make peanut butter and grill, caramelize, and ground coffee beans with the local women.
Several trainings took place during camp. A team from A Connected Planet taught the students and teachers how to use tablets as educational tools. Our goal is to integrate this technology into our Mother Tongue Books program at all grade levels.
Ten teachers in our school network participated in a three-day training for Greater Sustainability in Agriculture to help reinforce their capacity in school gardening. This training covered several important topics, including how to make infertile land fertile again. Participants also learned more about the nutrition in different plants and other strategies for integrating the garden into their academic curriculum.
Christian Haitian Entrepreneurship Society, a non-profit organization based in MA, facilitated a three-day business training for Pouse Kreyòl (in English: Pushing Creole Products). Pouse Kreyòl is a group of women artists in Matènwa who are starting their own business: making, promoting, and selling their hand-painted scarves. Their vision is to build a successful business that will enable them to take care of their families and train other women in need. During the training, they learned and practiced, through role-play, more effective strategies for promoting their products and approaching potential customers.
Our Open Space meeting brought together teachers and directors from several partner schools. Participants divided themselves into several small discussion groups on various community issues. The topics for discussion ranged from “How do we reduce teenage pregnancy?” to “How do we help the people of Lagonav advance given the many development challenges they face?” All groups engaged in passionate discussions and saw a need to bring even more people from the community into the dialogue to properly address these issues. We look forward to having these semi-annual Open Spaces.
Museum of Science Kits
For a second summer we have piloted a MOS engineering kit. Last year we piloted one on Earthquakes and this year we piloted the Sky’s the Limit curriculum. In this unit, students learned about different models of flying technologies that help organizations such as NASA take aerial photographs. They had a lot of fun designing their own models and testing how they interact with moving air outside and in a special wind tunnel. We thank Owen Berliner for giving us this opportunity.
Chris Low, Executive Director FOM
Ezner Angervil, Director MCLC