Despite the unexpected difficult 2020 the Peter Hesse Foundation continued its support to early childhood education.
- Provided Montessori didactical materials and workbooks to schools
- Made technical support visits to schools in Haiti and Senegal
- Prepared the framework to open the first Montessori school
- Produced two language workbooks for children
In January 2020, all our Montessori partner schools in Haiti opened, and our Foundation provided Montessori didactical materials and workbooks to those schools that needed them. Unfortunately, in April schools were again closed due to COVID and a volatile political climate. Schools reopened in November 2020 and we were able to pay technical support visits to 5 of our partner schools. We are hoping this number will increase to the normal amount post COVID.
Our Montessori partner schools in Ivory Coast and Senegal functioned for the greater part of the school year. In January a technical support visit was made to Senegal. A workshop on the Montessori environment as well as meetings to organize future teacher training were conducted. Unfortunately, COVID changed our plans of physically travelling to Senegal for further meetings. We however worked online with the teachers, to improve their teaching skills via WhatsApp and Facebook and made a teaching video.
Plans to open the first Montessori school in October in Mali could not be realized this year as planned because of COVID and the Coup d’état which took place in August 2020. The Foundation trained a Montessori teacher for Mali, and have remained in contact with the teacher through social media. Preparations are being made to open the school in 2021. Books have also been sent ahead to Mali in preparation of the opening.
We met with most of our partner schools via zoom, WhatsApp and Skype to discuss the personal proactive equipment, which helps to prevent the spread of COVID and the precautions to be taken in the schools.
Two language workbooks were produced in 2020, “Le chemin a l’ecriture (1)” ISBN 978-99970-64-41-7 Dépôt légal 20-07-172 and “Le chemin a l’ecriture (2)” ISBN 978- 99970- 64 -42- 4 Dépôt légal 20-07-173
These books will be distributed in our Montessori partner schools in Haiti, as well as in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Mali in 2021. The evaluation log for teachers to track children’s progress “Evaluation des compétences” Dépôt légal 18-10-519. ISBN 978-99970-76-45-8 which was produced in 2019, will also be distributed to schools.