Regionally and globally the learning- and teaching-process must be radically improved. Good quality Education for All is a universal human right.
The human process of learning starts very early in life and must be child-centered. The children’s individualities and their creativity must be respected. This is costly – and therefore remains a dream today. It is, however, a vision which could be realized. Such new/improved learning must and will enable tolerance, solidarity and compassion in our “ONE world in diversity”. This will also enhance humanity’s collective consciousness.
Such improvements in learning and teaching correspond directly with the answers which I had received in 1989 when asking, what is my / what is our life’s purpose: “The whole (ALL) must grow/develop through learning”.
Peter Hesse – January 19, 2015
The Peter-Hesse-Foundation continues to implement programs to improve the quality of early childhood education for at risk children in Haiti by training teachers at our residential training center in Liancourt, Artibonite, by establishing preschools in different parts of Haiti for qualified teachers who graduated from our training center, by providing technical assistance to the preschools established by our graduate teachers and by providing in-service training for preschool teachers at our training center in Liancourt.
Our teaching training center of the Peter-Hesse-Foundation in Liancourt is currently training a promotion of 27 Montessori student teachers. These student teachers would complete their training in July 2015. We are projecting that over 500 children will benefit from a better quality of instruction from the newly trained teachers in the coming academic year.
This academic year the Peter Hesse Foundation helped to set-up new Montessori programs in two schools in Goanives with an effective of 110 children in both programs, adding to the network of preschools which were assisted by the Foundation that benefit an average of over 3845 children yearly.
The Foundation held in-service training seminars for cultural subjects and Math as well as workshops for teachers to make their own materials. Thanks to our completed dorms we were able to accommodate teachers from 12 existing Montessori schools, in addition to the student-teachers who live at the training center.
We also made site visits to 5 existing Montessori schools to provide technical assistance and to assure the quality of education in those schools which have a combined effective of 249 children.
We are keeping the promise to be environmentally friendly, by greening our teacher training center and implementing activities that make a positive difference in protecting the environment. Student teachers learn that it is their social responsibility to protect and care for the environment essential to our health, quality of life and survival. All student teachers are required to plant and to produce an environmental album with activities that they can implement with children in their schools when they become teachers.
This year we proudly raised one month of running costs of the teacher training center by renting the dining pavilion and other parts of the premises to small organizations in the surrounding areas for their own seminars and events. We hope that that we can increase the amount of clients next year. This is a baby step in self sustainability. We hope in the future that the center can fund itself in part.
The training center of the Peter-Hesse-Foundation in Haiti marked World Environment by teaching children about gardening in small spaces. The information was presented to the children by the current student teachers who have themselves planted the gardens as a part of their internship. The children got to experience the joy of harvesting a number of fruit and vegetables such as beetroots, lettuce, peanuts, sweet peppers etc. The student teachers replicate these gardens when they start teaching in their own schools.
Our yearly in-service training started on the 20th July and took place over a period of two weeks during the school vacation. The training toook place at our residential training center in Liancourt.
Thirty-eight teachers from twelve schools in respective parts of Haïti – Jérémie, Carrefour Feuilles, Tabarre, Gonaïves, Leogane, Kenscoff, Santo, Maïs Gate, Bois d’Avril and Liancourt – attended the training.
This year the emphasis was on language. The teachers were taught how to make the language materials, which they will take them back to their classrooms. A combined effective of 1217 children will benefit from the language materials which the teachers will take back to their schools.
An advanced Math seminar also took place over the two week period. It was conducted by Patricia Gwin, Association Montessori Internationale trained.
Mrs Gwin has been coming to Haïti to conduct a series of seminars for teachers during the school vacation periods
Twenty-seven student-teachers graduated the Montessori programme for the academic year 2014/2015. The graduation ceremony took place on the 11th July 2015. We are projecting that over 500 more children will benefit from a better quality of instruction from the newly graduated teachers in the coming academic year.
Left sides: center opening on 7 December 2012 / right sides: beginning 2015.
Each year the number of children who receive high quality education increases as we train more teachers and open more schools. Today I visited a school in Croix-des-Bouquets which was started by a teacher who graduated our training programme in July of this year. She started the school with 35 children in October 2015. She is expecting this number to grow next year. The new children will be taught by teachers who is currently in the new promotion of student-teachers which began in September. We look forward to the graduation of the new teachers in July 2016 when they will take their place among teachers who are already trained, and working, to spread quality education to Haiti’s at-risk children.
Green progress in the training center of the Peter-Hesse-Foundation in Haiti