Short report on the academic year 2019/2020

In Haiti the academic year 2018 to 2019 was tough.  The school year was punctuated with periods of inability to attend classes because of violent demonstration and roadblocks. However, schools were able to function intermittently depending on if the roads were barricaded or not. In spite of the difficulties, 28 new Montessori teachers graduated in […]

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Small seed, BIG TREE.

I met Stephanie Kane in 1996, in Dakar, Senegal. She had a school consisting of a kindergarten and a primary school. She heard that I was training teachers and setting-up preschools in Haiti, and she approached me to help her convert her kindergarten from the traditional method into a Montessori school. Last week I visited […]

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Temporary political cease fire allows education work to continue.

I took the opportunity yesterday Now 27, to meet with our teacher trainer and teachers from 3 preschools in a nearby safe area. This week in Haiti has been less turbulent and without the levels of political violence we have seen recently. Some schools opened their doors, but parents are still afraid to send their […]

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Hope for a better Future is still possible

Haiti is a bleak place for children. Of 1,000 children born, 359 die before reaching their fifth birthday. The high mortality rate is caused by the lack of food and clean water, and insufficient access to basic healthcare, including immunizations against childhood diseases already eliminated in many other countries. Over 40% of Haitian children never […]

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Graduation of Montessori Teachers (Class of 2019)

28 students graduated from the class of 2019 – 18 of them participated in this year’s graduation. Hats off to our graduates who persevered through a year of political unrest, roadblocks and anti-government demonstrations to pursue their teaching Diploma.Your hard work deserves recognition. Congratulations on your well-deserved success. I hope you feel great about what you’ve accomplished. […]

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We are in a calm period in Haiti.

Although the school year was punctuated with periods of inability to attend classes because of violent demonstration and roadblocks, our students teachers remained motivated and are now sitting their final exams. The school year has already ended for over 3000 children in our partner schools, so all the little ones are already on vacation.

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Greenness galore

Environmental stewardship is catching on at our teacher training center is Liancourt. In Haiti the deforestation is alarming. People still use charcoal and wood to cook, so trees are being cut down daily. After the earthquake we decided to build a teacher training center which would show an example of solutions that individuals or small groups could […]

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Report from Liancourt: Normalcy in the crossfire.

Thanks for all the inquiries and moral support. Normal day to day activities go on as usual in Haiti except for the days when there are sporadic out breaks of demonstrations, gang activity or other disruptions. It is almost always unclear which areas are going to be affected so most people wait for the signs […]

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Montessori Teacher Training 2018

Despite the challenges in Haiti this year, our work of training teachers and helping them to open schools continues. Currently we are training a new promotion of 35 student teachers. Their training will be completed in July 2019. As well as Montessori training, the student teachers have the opportunity to experience environmentally friendly practices in […]

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