“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ―Nelson Mandela
It's no myth that the most powerful tool an individual can possess is their education. Education has the ability to empower a person to analyze their surroundings, to open the eyes of children to possibilities they never dreamed they would have, to take communities out of poverty and to develop leaders. For something so powerful and essential to creating a better world, it’s something easily taken for granted.
at HAC-Haiti we focus on educating the whole person. We provide basic primary education to children ages 3-17, we provide English language classes for adolescents and adults, and periodically host classes in small business, professional development, and digital literacy. We prioritize education the most out of all our programs because it is the foundation upon which all great change begins.
HAC-Haiti supports Institute Mixte Shalom des Freres, a primary school founded in 2003 to provide quality and low cost education to a rural population living in extreme poverty.
Institute Mixte Shalom des Freres graduated its first 6th grade class in 2012. Has two sessions of 1st – 6th grade (morning and afternoon) and places an emphasis on early childhood education and head start programs by also teaching three levels of kindergarten and pre-kindergarten and encouraging the community to enroll their children in pre-kindergarten so that they can start their education early.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. ~Maya Angelou
According to the World Bank statistics and the CIA world factbook 78% of Haitians are living in poverty or on less than US$2 a day, and more than half (54%) live in extreme poverty on less than US$1 a day, in rural areas, such as La Freme de Blanchard, poverty and extreme poverty rates are estimated to be 84% and 69% respectively. Additionally over two-thirds of the labor force are not employed in the formal economy and are therefore not contributing to the growth of industry in the country.
Through the Haitian American Caucus’ existing efforts in primary and professional education we recognize the need in our community for expanded professional development programs and proper facilities to facilitate learning. The Haitian American Caucus-Haiti currently offers professional training and development in the following areas: