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June 2014 Update

Dear friends of Matènwa,

Happy Flag Day! As MCLC integrates new ideas, innovations, and visitors, we also continue to celebrate Haiti’s rich history and cultural traditions. More than 400 students, teachers, parents, and friends convened at MCLC on May 18 to celebrate Haitian Flag Day. It began with a parade where we marched down the street playing instruments and singing songs about the flag. 

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Then MCLC students and teachers performed a great program packed with songs, plays, poems, games, and stories about our national heroes. Participants spoke about the importance of the flag as a visible national symbol. They happily shared their knowledge about the historical events leading to its creation, modifications, and present design. We wish you could have been here to join in the fun!

Hands-On Math in the Garden

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Each fifth grader is responsible for their own tomato plant. The plants are now all bearing fruit. The students were recently asked to calculate: “If 4 tomatoes cost 10 Haitian gouds, how much money is your plant worth today?” They each counted the number of tomatoes on their plants, then divided by four, and multiplied it by the selling price. They reported that each plant yielded between 30 to 60 tomatoes. So they were worth between 75 to 150 gouds each ($1.75 to $3.50 US)

Observational Teacher Training

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We are excited to report that more and more organizations are bringing teachers from Haitian schools to us for a week of teacher training.

In this picture educators from the city of Jacmel, Haiti are watching the class calculate a math problem using the beet bed. They were impressed with how the garden was integrated into the curriculum.

These educators noted that the key elements that they felt made our model successful were: 1) We teach students in their mother tongue; 2) We treat them with respect; and 3) We provide them a hot breakfast every morning. They also were impressed by how happy the students were to share their experiences with them and also welcomed dialoguing with visitors.We thank you again for your contributions to this work to liberate and empower those who have been bound by oppressive educational systems.

Chris Low, Executive Director FOM
Ezner Angervil, Director MCLC

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Visitors Unite to Launch a Matènwa High School! _ _ _ _ _ _ The Other Side Campaign: Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo

We are excited that GreaterGood.org brought themselves and The MAD Girls,The Other Side Campaign, Dream Weaver Foundation, and Affinity.is to Matènwa. Eighteen people made the trek to the island of Lagonav, Haiti. After meeting with teachers, directors, students, and families it was clear that this was just the beginning of a long relationship. Together we are planning for a revolutionary change in Haitian education. These organizations will support us to continue and expand our work in training teachers to make participatory, democratic, peaceful classrooms; make organic vegetable gardens and compost; increase access to water, improve animal husbandry; and provide education through high school.

Every one of our supporters are important to us. We are attracting help from new friends, including the Haitian Ministry of Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, but those who have been dedicated monthly or annual donors,it is you who have brought us to where we are today. Your donations are what keep the model preschool and elementary school going. You are the founders and visionaries. Without you, MCLC would never have become the magnet that it is today. We have managed to change the lives of the Matènwa community. We have begun to touch and change other eager teachers in other communities. My hope is that you all hold the dream to stop the violence in all 200+ schools on Lagonav. It is now within reach. Please continue to support Matènwa.

Sincerely,

Chris