Education is a universal human right. Long before the United Nation’s declaration, the forefathers of the first black independent republic wrote into Haiti’s constitution that “every child has a right to free primary education”. Regrettably, this vision has yet to be fulfilled. Today, Haiti continues to face extraordinary obstacles, burdened by economic deficits, political instability, and environmental degradation. To place Haiti on a promising path to a better tomorrow, it will take a great deal of effort. In spite of challenges, Haitians have shown notable determination to bring about positive change, and the Digicel Foundation is proud to work in partnership with communities to stimulate development, particularly through education.
Since 2007, the Digicel Foundation, alongside Haiti’s Ministry of Education, has been committed to helping children receive a quality education. Through the foundation’s program, teachers, school directors, and coaches receive training to build their confidence as professionals. The program primarily seeks to close the gap between qualified and unskilled teachers, since more than 80% of functioning primary school teachers are uncertified. The program’s framework was broadened to provide school directors with intensive training in the areas of school governance, pedagogical supervision, and community relations. Additionally, the program has contributed to the professional development and performance quality of its teacher trainers who are responsible for accompanying the program’s beneficiaries.
To date, the program, which was designed to benefit schools built by the Digicel Foundation, has reached 20 trainers, 198 school directors, and 1,994 teachers (1,562 in phase 1 training and 432 in phase 2 training) throughout the country.