Haitians place a high value on education, but most families can only afford to send one child to school, and then only for a few years. In Haiti, families are expected to cover the cost of uniforms, textbooks, and supplies. That’s tough to manage when you can’t put food on your table.
Worldwide, Haiti is ranked 178th out of 194 countries for education spending. More than 90% of Haiti’s schools are run privately. The few public, government-funded schools are concentrated in highly urbanized areas such as the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince – far away from the rural community of Grand-Bois.
Teacher Training Program
In order to improve the quality of education for the Grand-Bois community, ServeHAITI began the Teacher Training Program in 2010. ServeHAITI administers the three-week training program to approximately 45 teachers each summer, covering 15 schools in the Grand-Bois region.
Every 3 years, 15 new schools will begin the training.
45 regional schools have completed the program, impacting over 9,000 students.
Restore Our Schools Program
To create an environment more conducive to learning, ServeHAITI launched the Restore Our Schools Program in 2013. Its goal is to improve the infrastructure and buildings of the schools that have completed the Teacher Training Program.
For each school, an enhancement plan is devised, which includes providing or repairing chalkboards, desks, benches, roofs, doors, and concrete flooring, as well as painting and exterior maintenance. For most projects, local Haitian workers are employed to complete the renovation or rebuilding of the school, bringing new jobs to the area.
To date, 6 schools have been renovated or rebuilt.