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At a glance: Haiti - www.unicef.org - Readability - 0 views

  • A staggering 5,000 schools were damaged or destroyed by the disaster – but even before that, sanitation in schools was often very poor, putting children at risk of waterborne diseases.
  • From 2010 and 2011, UNICEF responded with WASH improvements to 198 schools, including new latrines and hand washing stands. With partners, UNICEF has also reached schools with chlorine tabs, posters about cholera prevention and soap.
  • UNICEF is working with the Haitian government to create at a set of minimum standards for good sanitation and clean water in schools.
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The Education Cluster in Haiti - Two Years On - 0 views

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    The Education Cluster in Haiti - Two Years On
    January 2012
    Introduction
    Throughout 2011, the Haiti Education Cluster led by UNICEF and Save the Children,
    established shortly after the January 2010 earthquake, continued to leverage resources 
    (technical, material and financial) to enhance cholera prevention and the recovery of the 
    education system from the impact of the earthquake, while supporting the Government of 
    Haiti to strengthen the capacity of the education system, including developing mechanisms 
    to prevent, prepare for and respond to future emergencies. 
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BBC News - Should Creole replace French in Haiti's schools? - 0 views

  • "The percentage of people who speak French fluently is about 5%, and 100% speak Creole," says Chris Low.

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    MIT professor Michel DeGraff

    It's like a toddler who is forced to start walking with a blindfold”

    End Quote Michel DeGraff Associate Professor of Linguistics at MIT

    "So it's really apartheid through language."

  • He argues that French should be taught in Haiti as a second-language - after children have learnt basic literacy skills in Creole.

    "Learning to first read and write in a foreign language is somewhat like a toddler who is forced to start walking with a blindfold, and the blindfold is never taken off," he told the BBC World Service.

  • No matter which indicators you pick, Haiti has an appalling record on education.

    One recent report rated it as the third worst place in the world, after Somalia and Eritrea, to go to school.

    A brief history of Haitian Creole

    30th July 1949: Learning to read Creole, which will be used to teach French, the official language, at a school set up by UNESCO
    • It emerged towards the end of the 18th Century as slaves from Africa began mixing African languages with French
    • Lots of the vocabulary comes from French, but the grammar is quite different
    • Spelling was standardised in 1979
    • A law called the Bernard Reform was introduced in the early 1980s, designed to boost Creole in schools
    • The 1987 constitution states that French and Creole are both official languages in Haiti

    It's estimated that about one-third of children never enrol at primary school, and only about one in 10 complete secondary school.

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  • "Whether we want it or not, we are influenced by French because of the history of colonialism - this is not something we can get rid of quickly," he told the BBC World Service.

    "I don't think education should be only in Creole - Creole is not a scientific language."

  • The belief is widely held in Haiti that Creole is somehow a primitive, inferior language - possibly because of its origins in the days of slavery.

    Haitian child with rubble behind. Photo by James Fletcher. The earthquake in 2010 destroyed about 80% of schools

    But linguists are at pains to counter this perception.

    Creole is "fully expressive", as well as being rich in imagery and wisdom says Prof DeGraff.

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    Creole is the mother tongue in Haiti, but children do most of their schooling in French. Two hundred years after Haiti became the world's first black-led republic, is the use of French holding the nation back?
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Senior UN official lauds new initiative to get Haitian children into school - 0 views

  • 14 June 2011 –
    The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has welcomed the $360 million fund launched by Haiti’s new President to ensure the most disadvantaged children in the country can go to school.

    The National Fund for Education (FNE), announced two weeks ago by President Michel Martelly is the biggest fund of its kind ever envisaged for out-of-school children in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

  • It is chiefly composed of a five-cent deduction on incoming international phone calls and $1.50 on international money transfers.
  • The resources identified so far should allow around 350,000 children to go to school in the first year, according to UNESCO, and a total of 1.9 million children are expected to benefit overall.
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UNICEF - At a glance: Haiti - Jean's story: An adolescent girl's belief in education pr... - 2 views

  • “The change that I expected, I don’t see it yet,” Jean said of Haiti’s rebuilding process. “But what is good in my life is that I always wanted to graduate from high school, and now I’m in my last year, and I’m about to achieve that dream.”
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Rebuilding Haiti's education system one year after the earthquake | Back on T... - 0 views

  • Ms. McBride, who recently returned from three weeks in Haiti, said the children she spoke with who had moved from school tents into semi-permanent structures seemed “really happy to be back at school”.

    “One interesting thing about this,” Mr. Vasquez added, “is the fact that, believe it or not, children were afraid of going back to schools that were made out of bricks or reinforced concrete because they associate collapse with a certain type of construction.”

  • “That was also part of our initial design concerns when we were thinking about the semi-permanent schools,” Mr. Vasquez continued, “If you are able to pick on how children perceive space and how do they perceive the disaster, if you’re paying attention as an architect, you should be able to integrate their concerns into your design process.”
  • “On the surface of it the children seem very happy at school, learning, playing with their friends, interacting with their teachers, but one particular mother [I spoke with] told me that her children weren’t actually doing so well,” Ms. McBride said.

    “Her youngest daughter, who was about five,” Ms. McBride continued, “didn’t sleep well at night, they didn’t like to be separated from her for too long, and she, as a parent, didn’t like to be separated from her children.”

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Can earthquakes be predicted? - Multimedia - Professional Resources - PreventionWeb.net - 0 views

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    This learning video uses a simple analog setup to explore why earthquakes are so unpredictable. The setup is simple enough that students should be able to assemble and operate it on their own with a teacher's supervision. 
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Earthquake education poster - Educational Materials - PreventionWeb.net - 0 views

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    The Haiti Earthquake Education Poster is a product of the collaboration between TWB, the University of Montana, and the National Science Foundation. Printed copies may be available upon request at no charge.
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UNICEF - At a glance: Haiti - 'Beyond School Books' - a podcast series on education in ... - 1 views

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    'Beyond School Books', podcast series on education in emergencies
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    Podcast #32: Rebuilding Haiti's education system one year after the earthquake
    'Beyond School Books' - a podcast series on education in emergencies
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Clinging to the Ruins of a Great Haitian School - Video - TIME.com - StumbleUpon - 2 views

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    The Daniel Fignolé School in Port-au-Prince was admired for giving quality education to those who couldn't afford a private school until the 2010 earthquake wrecked its campus
    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,746712918001_2041953,00.html#ixzz1Ayc1x5vx
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THE SCHOOLGIRL: Homework by moonlight - AlertNet - 1 views

  • It’s been almost a year since the quake brought Christine and her mother, brother and sister to this muddy sprawl of tents by a garbage-choked canal, where planes roar overhead and cars and trucks zoom close by.
  •  Her memories of Jan. 12, 2010 are vivid and sad.

    “We were standing in the middle of the street: myself, my mum and my younger sister,” she said. “We were holding each other. We were in a circle, screaming: ‘Jesus, save us, save us.’

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Haitian Teachers Revive Community and Rebuild Education | IREX - 0 views

  • When the only Haitian public teacher training institute collapsed in Port-au-Prince as a result of the earthquake, the once sparse availability of professional development opportunities for Haitian teachers became non-existent. Understanding the importance of continuous teacher training, Fanfan Joseph, an English teacher and President of the English Club of Cap-Haitien, organized a four-day training workshop for 50 English teachers in Cap-Haitien. Focusing on lesson planning, reflexive teaching, and cooperative learning techniques in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, Joseph trained participants on practical skills that they could use in their classrooms immediately. The participants of this workshop celebrated Joseph’s efforts and encouraged him to organize another workshop, which he promptly did. This September, Joseph’s follow-on workshop focused on skills for effective teaching and learning in large classrooms. Teachers around the world struggle with large class size; a typical school in Haiti can include as many as 250 students in one classroom. The participants in Joseph’s workshops represent many different schools across northern Haiti, and each of them teaches hundreds of students. As a result of Joseph’s workshops, thousands of students across northern Haiti are engaged in interactive classrooms with teachers who have benefited from this recent and relevant training.
  • Another English teacher, Abel Mercier of Port-au-Prince, recognized that one of the most important things children need during times of crisis is the permission and space to have fun. “The secret to coping with post-traumatic stress in a community after an event such as the earthquake is to promote recreational activities among the children, teenagers, and adults,” says Mercier. This summer, Mercier organized a “Day of Fun” for over 80 high school students from Lycée Cité-Soleil in Port-au-Prince, the capital city that was hardest hit by the earthquake. Students gathered at the beach for a stress-free day of sports, arts, games, and more. By including a short workshop on the geological forces that cause earthquakes, and another on understanding the effects of psychology trauma, Mercier elevated his “Day of Fun” to a meaningful experience for a community in the midst of recovery.
  • Jovenal Thomas, another English teacher from Cap-Haitien, collaborated with Red Cross volunteers to deliver CPR training to high school students. “There is no Civil Defense Warning Program here, no 911 telephone number to call, limited ambulance service and very little access to medical treatment,” says Thomas. “Students need to be trained to deal with emergencies when they encounter them.”
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In post-earthquake Haiti, children's voices are integrated into reconstructio... - 0 views

  • “I want to have my school back, but one that is safer and won’t collapse if there is another earthquake,” she says. “Too many children died, and children are not supposed to die.”
  • Ideas for improving security

    Youth facilitator Emmanuela, 21, is from Jacmel, one of the cities worst affected by the earthquake. She explains how the children’s drawing are being used as a tool for developing proposals. Some of the children suggest projects to clean up the trash in camps for the displaced, while others want to band together to improve security where lighting isn’t adequate for girls to feel safe at night.

    Josette, 14, suggests that giving children flashlights is a good way to protect them from gender-based violence.

  • “The entire reconstruction of Haiti is not something that is possible in just a few months or a few years,” says Widmark, 17, from Cap Haitien. “The reconstruction will happen in the future, but the children need to be educated first.”
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