31 teachers benefit from the teacher training facilities since it was inaugurated in December 2012. The group consists of student-teachers who are pursuing the Diploma course, as well as a certificate course. Attending teachers came from: Gonaives, Leogane, Jacmel, Kenscoff, Tabarre, and Marchand Dessalines. When schools resume in September 2013, after the summer vacation, these teachers will go back to their respective towns to teach. This means that 775 children will already receive a higher quality of education due to the training of their teachers.
We still have a list of things to do to complete the building in it’s entirety. Two of the dorms are now complete. Two are unfinished on the inside. One of them is liveable but has no ceiling or tiles on the floor. We also have to install toilets for the two Dorms. We have no electrical installation in the office and no lights in the cafeteria. We are in the process of putting in a walking path to solve the problem of dirt that filters into the dorms, classrooms and cafeteria.
Now almost all our accumulated funds are being used for building this vital part of our Haitian Montessori project. We hope to be able to restart our teacher-training in Liancourt as soon as additional funds will become available.
On 7th December 2013 the Peter Hesse Foundation celebrated 30 years of helping to make a better life for Haïti’s less fortunate. This year, with the financial assistance of a small group of faithful friends and donators, we were able to relaunch the teacher training program in the new center that was built to replace the one that was destroyed in the earthquake.
In the last 30 years, the Foundation provided better education to over 40,000 of Haïti’s poorest children. More than 1000 young women were trained as teachers in our program and were able to get jobs as a result of it. After 30 years we are still as committed as ever to educating Haïti’s future generations. We believe that children in Haïti can have a chance at a better life if they receive an education which teaches them to be better citizens and find employment as adults. For this, they need better qualified teachers who can help them succeed. Training teachers is important. We still have to complete the training center to be fully functional. Two of the four dormitories are now complete, but some other buildings still need plumbing and electrical work. We are in the process of putting in a walking path to solve the problem of dirt that filters into the dorms, classrooms and cafeteria. We also need to augment the number of batteries for collecting solar energy.
Even with the continued support of the Peter-Hesse-Foundation from Germany, it costs $4,000 to train a new teacher for one year to meet international Montessori standards. You can help by making a small contribution towards training a teacher, who will give many needy children the chance for a better education and help breaking the cycle of poverty. You can also donate towards completing the training center, or sponsor a specific portion of the work to help us accommodate more student teachers.
We look forward to your support in transforming lives in Haïti. No effort is too big or too small to contribute towards changing the lives of children for a better and more peaceful world.
In 2013, the “Peter-Hesse-Stiftung”, the formal structure of the Peter-Hesse-Foundation in Germany, made a global commitment for child-centered Education for All (EfA) and consolidated its long-term existence and functioning.
To durably strengthen our ties with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), AMI’s President and the association’s Executive Director became two new members on our board.
On 8 February 2013 the German state-authorities for foundations formally approved a significant alteration of the statutes of the “Peter-Hesse-Stiftung” making this independent German legal structure fit to continue providing a chance for future children in our global village. Originally – on 7 December 1983 – created to serve “needy people in developing countries – preferably through help for self-help”, the foundation’s formal statutes are now adjusted to secure its future existence beyond the founder’s lifetime. The extended, yet more focused new “purpose of the Peter-Hesse-Foundation is to contribute to a just and peaceful learning ONE world in diversity – with special emphasis on providing children a chance through child-centered early education to enable life-long learning”.
On 7 December 2013 we celebrated 30 years of helping to make a better life for Haiti’s less fortunate children.
The year 2013 started with a positive note as our new training center finally opened for classes after 3 year of struggling to rebuild after the earthquake.
With your help we accomplished the following in Haiti in 2013: Completed 80% of the teacher training facilities,
We gave various materials to schools which had been started by graduates of our center with the assistance of the Foundation, visited schools assisted by our Foundation to evaluate the standard of instruction and children’s progress. To uphold our promise to be an environmentally friendly facility, we planted over 90 trees and plants on the grounds of the training center and we marked World Environment Day by giving 100 fruit trees to children from 4 different schools in the Artibonite.
– an overview – a short summary of the Montessori development since our first
training year in 1986/87 – and a letter from a former preschool child, now a student in France – from the book VISION WORKS…, 2008, by Peter Hesse, pages 122 to 132.
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