The Digicel Foundation conducts a Professional Orientation day For the students of the Collège Classique d’Haïti
28 June 2017, Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The Digicel Foundation has organized a Professional Orientation day for the students of the Collège Classique d’Haïti, to be held this Wednesday. The school, located in Turgeau, is the 70th school built by the Fondation. This event, called “Spotlight on Careers,” was organized for the purpose of providing orientation to about 130 students from 10th to 13 grade to help them embrace a career to shape their futures.
The students were divided into seven groups to help them assimilate knowledge. The groups in turn attended talks on various likely career choices that generate revenue in Haiti. A number of Digicel professionals and partners acted as trainers for this day-long event to explain to the students the contents of fields of study such as: Education (Education system, family education); Construction (civil engineering, city planning), Health (anesthesia and resuscitation; clinical and biological research; medical equipment, pharmacy, radiology, and therapy); Hospitality and Tourism (lodging, tourism, and restaurants); Legal Sciences (criminal and public law); Management (finance, sales, marketing); Technology and Telecommunications.
Presentations began at 8 am and finished at 2 pm. They focused on the pros and cons of the fields of study and on different career types, the various opportunities in each field, the biggest challenges they will face, and preparation to do now to ensure a profession in one of these careers in the future. These 130 students also saw a small demonstration of materials used in certain professions. “We believe that this activity was beneficial for all these students, who will need to make enlightened choices regarding their careers in the near future,” said Mr. Occil Leonel, school principal.
Last May, the Foundation conducted its third educational engagement event for the year 2017 with fifty student-scholarship holders, all beneficiaries of the HELP organization. The main speaker was Digicel Group’s President, Denis O’Brien, who was delighted to answer the various concerns these young people had about how to succeed in this ultra-competitive world. “As Digicel grows, our communities must grow with it. This principle is the basis of our philosophy which is always to support and build our communities throughout the ten departments.”
Since 2009 the Foundation has been one of the key partners of the HELP organization, to which it has already provided $150,000 of support. Mr. O’Brien took this opportunity to announce an additional contribution of $100,000.
At the same time, the “Konbit pou Chanjman” campaign, launched to celebrate the Foundation’s 10th anniversary, is moving forward. The deadline to submit applications was last June 16 and more than 300 were received. Through this program, the Foundation plans to finance 10 community projects, one per department, each in the amount of $10,000 US, submitted by non-profit organizations.
The Digicel Foundation is happy to announce the opening last Wednesday June 21 of its 173rd school, located in Domond, Mirebalais. The opening of the Ecole Communautaire Mixte Cholette, product of a long-term partnership between Sommet Education and the Foundation, brings it closer to its goal of 175 schools in 10 years. This school now has seven new classrooms, sanitation block, and an administrative building.
About the Digicel Foundation
Launched in March 2007 in Thomazeau, the Digicel Haïti Foundation is a non-profit organization who choose education as its priority sector. Through this program and its various partnerships, more than 55,000 students attends schools built by the Digicel Foundation throughout Haïti every day.
The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors of 9 members. For more information about the Digicel Foundation, please visit our website: www.fondationdigicelhaiti.org, Digicel's Facebook page: DigicelHaiti, its Instagram page: digicelhtpap or its twitter account: DigicelHT.