The situation in Haiti has been getting progressively worse. Prior to the assasination of our president, Jovenel Moise on July 7, 2021, the country was operating on a very limited capacity. All of our governmental institutions have been weakened by political instability, gang violence, and high cost of living caused by an energy crisis due to lack of electricity and petroleum based products.
However limited, INCE Haiti was able to carry on with our daily business:
MTBBE pilot in 12 schools
Our partners are working hard to meet the objectives of the MTBBE pilot program (Mother Tongue Based Bilingual Education). In 2021 we trained 12 teachers, 12 principals and coaches on MTBBE materials, a training program of five days at UCNH University. We successfully launched the MTBBE pilot in 12 schools throughout the country, and we are now preparing to train the data collectors for EGRA testing.
Renovation of training center
We moved forward with the renovation of the Knowledge and Training Center at the University Chretien du Nord Haiti (UCNH). Our expected date of completion is May 2023. The University has made great progress in developing a training center and to provide certification for all that receive training. Our international partner Woord en Daad, is also providing counseling, guidance, and professional experts to help develop a MTBBE knowledge center that will have both national and international recognition.
Increasing our networking capacity
INCE Haiti has also received government certification to operate as an independent organization. We have been working to increase our networking capacity and are in conversation with Digital Promise, a US congress formed organization that is established to promote technology in education. We hope to partner with them in the future to implement our Home based learning objectives.
In all, INCE Haiti is facing great challenges. However, we are moving forward with our objective of creating a better educational system for the most vulnerable children in our society.