When someone thinks about Haiti, the first thought that usually comes to mind is the earthquake that occurred almost 4 years ago. Not me. This country means so much more than that to me and I wish others were able to see that. When visiting last winter, I was able to see the country and truly immerse myself in the culture. While exploring I was able to see the children and the schools that they were in. I was able to see how hard the student’s were working as well as the teachers. When one thinks about third world countries, not many would think highly of their economy, safety, or even education. Yes, it may seem that a third world country is a terrible place where in fact nothing great and successful can be produced, but might I say, those who think this are terribly wrong. Many American’s would assume 3rd world countries simply have no motivation to improve their education system; conversely countries like Haiti are in fact implementing revolutionary pedagogical systems.
Many people look at Haiti and pity the country for how much turmoil the country itself faces. While much of this is true, I do in fact understand that some people believe that the country still as a lot to work on and that change is necessary, but we first must see everything clearly before making an assumption. Immediately after the earthquake the education system denigrated from what was there already; a system struggling to produce success. After visiting Haiti, I was noticed that the government was attempting to make changes in order to become better than what was expected from neighboring countries. That is, what the country is assumed to be like. I would like to address statements made about only the upper class attending the schools, but that is horribly misconstrued. The village I visited was very under privileged, most children attend school there and if they are not in school, they are most likely working or taking care of their family.
I would like to focus how education in Haiti does not look quite like it seems, contrary to what Renate Nestvogel believes. Recently, the Haitian President issued the Operational Plan, a plan that gave the Inter-American Development Bank, the main source of development funding in Latin America and the Caribbean, permission to mandate the work with the Education Ministry and National Commission, to prepare for a major reform of the education system. This reform would take course for the next five years and hopes to place all children into a free education system that would have the private schools switch to public schools. The first step in initiating this plan is the request of raising the salaries of the hard working administrators and teachers that decided to take part in the new system.
Recently, Arne Duncun, the United States Secretary of Education, visited Haiti where he showed the country the multi-million dollar grant that will benefit the education system. While there he was able to see the school...