What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?
Haiti’s education system is in a state of crisis. Only 30% of children complete primary school & 1% reach university. These statistics disproportionately affect children from low socioeconomic & rural communities who exit school system ill-equipped to lead prosperous lives. Anseye Pou Ayiti (APA), a local Haitian-led non-profit, raises outcomes by recruiting and training a new generation of Haitian teacher leaders. APA uses a two-year fellowship model to recruit top local candidates & professionals, placing them in rural underserved primary schools. Transformational teaching following this placement transforms the lives of students. APA contributes to Haiti restoring itself through a movement rooted in respect of local talent and culture.
How will you use the $10k?
KIND Cause grant will be for our 2017 Summer Immersion program, which represents a core component of APA model. Summer Immersion is the pre-service training of our fellowship cohort of Haitian teacher leaders prior to start of school year. Following recruitment & selection of our 2017 cohort, we will conduct an intensive month-long Summer Immersion to prepare our 45 new cohort members with the skills, competencies, and mindsets to affect change within their rural placement school (among APA’s over 35 rural partner schools). We also offer 2 weeks of summer school to over 250 students during Summer Immersion. Grant support will be used to cover the lodging, accommodations & training materials for 2017 cohort members.
What impact do you hope to make?
Children are the focus of APA's mission. All children deserve their human right to a quality education. Children make up over 40% of Haiti's population, so education reform is urgently needed. APA aims to have 100% primary school completion for our students and ensure another generation of children do not experience the vicious cycle of low-quality education due to their socioeconomic status. Deepening this impact will be our APA alumni who, after completing our fellowship, will use their influence in all sectors of Haitian society to continue to advocate for true education reform. Through proper training and leadership development, our teacher leaders will transform primary schools and demonstrate that all Haitian children can succeed.