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 July 2019.
When the school year ended in July violent demonstrations became an everyday occurrence. In late August, prompted by a national fuel shortage protests against the unpopular President raged. Protesters barricaded the streets, and armed gangs roamed about freely. The situation became so bad, that at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic school year, schools remained closed.
Fortunately, in January 2020, schools were able to open, and all our Montessori partner schools are currently up and running.
During the crisis, the Peter Hesse Foundation continued its work for improving education. With schools closed for the first trimester we used the time to produce two work books, one for teachers to evaluate children’s progress, and a language workbook. These books will be used in Haiti as well as Ivory Coast and Senegal.
The foundation will build closer ties to Senegal and Ivory Coast in the coming year. A A was made to Senegal to evaluate the Montessori school started there in 1996. Later this year we will visit the school in Ivory Coast started by the Peter Hesse Foundation as well as the schools opened by teachers who graduated from the Foundation’s Montessori training program there.