The success of Ayiti Now Corp education programs and the academic achievements of the students are linked to our ability to support the teachers. Ayiti Now Corp has established an ongoing pedagogy training provided by professionals and customized for the teachers based on classroom observation by pedagogy inspectors. This program provides to the teachers access to periodic in-depth seminars examining specific textbooks used in the classroom including related teaching methods and lesson preparation. During summer we sponsor a French class to improve the teachers’ reading, comprehension, oral communication, grammar and orthography. Through this program the teachers receive all the didactic material including textbooks, textbook guides, and the curriculum for the respective grade. At Ayiti Now Corp we are committed to reward the teachers successfully increasing measurable academic achievements of our intended recipients.
Ayiti Now Corp is partnering with established national educational institutions to facilitate teachers’ training. The textbook supplier has developed a team of professionals able to deliver specialized training on the subject matter of each textbook. Other accomplished educational institutions are providing pedagogy supervision and training. We are monitoring local educational institutions developing courses for teachers to acquire teacher certification. We have sponsored and facilitated assistance with French classes and teachers’ continuing education. Teachers’ capacities will need to be improved, to be able to design high quality classroom “assessment tasks” and in using reliable and valid “scoring rubrics” for assessing student work. Improving teachers’ assessment literacy through sustained, ongoing professional development is achievable and essential.
Teacher pay is directly linked with expanding access to schooling and while it may not have a direct impact on specific learning outcomes, an education system’s ability to pay its teachers well and on time is closely linked with positive results such as teacher recruitment, retention, satisfaction and morale, as well as class size, factors that have themselves been connected with education quality (Sommers, 2005).
The majority of the teachers in Haiti are severely underpaid, non certified, and under-educated for the teaching profession. Lack of income is the underlying reason why teachers are generally under qualified to properly fulfill the curriculum mandated by the Haitian Board Of Education.
ICT In The Classroom
Progressively we will introduce and implement the use of technology for teacher’s training and in the classroom for teaching and administration. To increase the quality of education we will develop a more efficient use of ICT resources to maintain the workload of each classroom.
The majority of teachers and students have a desire to use technology. Bridging the digital divide in education is possible by providing devices and computer literacy. We will be promoting e-environments for the training of the teachers. For example qualified volunteers anywhere could manage and provide a french course for the teachers by using simple e-learning solutions. All the data from the students’ grades could be logged into a cloud application to keep track of our students’ grades in a really simple way. The classroom could be connected with sister classrooms anywhere to encourage a sense of global citizenship. The main obstacle to the use of technology in the classroom is the availability of electricity. Solar panels are a viable solution.
An effective development of ICT will compensate for social inequalities and lack of access to quality education.
National Teacher’s Qualification
15% of teachers at the elementary level have basic teaching qualifications, including university degrees. Nearly 25% have not attended secondary school. The majority of Haitian teachers did not complete secondary school. [World Bank 2007 Project Appraisal Document for Education for All Program] Most teachers lack the adequate training or had no training at all.
Teacher’s qualification should be acquired by completing secondary education and completing a 3 years preparatory school called “Ecole Normale” covering all the required subjects to pass the Haitian state exam and receive teacher certification. Most preparatory schools are located in Port Au Prince and Gonaives. The limited number of preparatory schools “Ecole Normale” is concentrated in few large urban centers which access by the teachers is constricted by expensive long distance commute. Often this schools are private costing to the students more the $620 per school year between tuition and required miscellaneous expenses excluding food and housing. This cost is prohibitive for the vast majority of the population with an yearly income pro-capite under $1200 (2011) . The salary for a primary education teacher starts below $100 to $165 per month. This salary maintain teachers in a state of poverty disabling the opportunity for qualified continuing education.