Education provides the tools for young people to access diversified career options, higher income levels, sustained health and active citizenship. To achieve these outcomes, children must receive a quality education taught by skilled and competent teachers and school leaders who have the capacity to foster these abilities.
The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education, in partnership with schools in Haiti and the Desire2Learn Corporation, has developed the Haiti Educator and Leadership Institute (ELI) in Haiti to build teaching and leadership capacity in local communities. The first ELI was launched in northern Haiti in August 2016 and continues to support educators in science, mathematics, critical literacy, early learning, special education and school leadership. The vision for ELI is founded on a Haitian Creole expression, "Piti piti, ti pay pay, zwazo fe nich – little by little, straw by straw, the bird builds its nest."
The objective of ELI is to make a positive impact on 100,000 students, 1,000 teachers and 100 principals in Haiti. We will do this by leveraging Laurier's outstanding school partnerships and solid track record in northern Haiti to promote our strong reputation for teacher professional learning. The summer institute provides the primary means for this professional development work.
In tandem with the face-to-face courses, and with the support of Desire2Learn, we are also developing online resources that support and extend the learning that occurs in the summer institute.
As part of the summer institute, 20 leading educators from Ontario and 10 Laurier students travel to Haiti to provide courses and engage Haitian educators in professional learning. The courses occur each morning for four hours followed by an afternoon teaching practicum. This unique aspect of the summer institute provides an opportunity for Haitian educators to practice the learning that they are experiencing from the morning courses.
Laurier is exploring opportunities to facilitate the Haiti Educator and Leadership Institute in other countries such as Nepal, China, Egypt and Ghana.
For more information about the Haiti Educator and Leadership Institute, contact Associate Professor, Steve Sider.
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