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Nov 17, 2015

Agricultural Education Takes a Big Step Forward for Secondary Students in Rural Haiti.

This fall, agricultural education took a big step forward in the secondary school of St. Paul's in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti. With the help of our new educator, Kenel Pierre, and visiting middle school teacher, Michael Jansa, classes began and both students and parents are involved.

Each middle school student receives one hour a week of ag. ed. and participates in weekly Saturday morning garden club. The students have begun their own garden and compost pile.  Soon to come will be chicken coops and a small nursery to start different varieties of trees.  In spring, the teaching team has an ambitious goal to start a goat project.

Kenel brings a different insight to teaching after spending a year in the US getting his master garden certificate.  During his time in the US, he worked in a Portland, OR middle school specializing in experiential learning.  This exposure has help Kenel bring hands-on learning to the students at St. Paul's. Everyone has their hands in the dirt or wrapped around the handle of a shovel!

During Kenel's first week on campus, he held a parents' meeting to talk to the families about what the students would be learning and doing in their agriculture classes.  Approximately 100 people showed up for the meeting!  And Kenel received valuable input from them on what was most needed for the students to help with the family's gardens.

We have also had the priviledge of expertise from an agricultural consultant, Agronom Emerson, with much experience and training in Haiti. He was with Kenel and Michael during their first week of classes and will continue to check in throught out the year to ensure a consistently high quality program.

We are thrilled that the 7th, 8th and 9th grade students have agricultural education as part of the curriculum now.  In a rural, agrarian community, it serves the whole family to have a child learning the newest and best practices in agriculture.

PS- Younger students have been spotted and accepted into Saturday morning Ag. Club.  I guess the WHOLE family is excited about ag. ed.!

Aug 18, 2015

Summer 2015 "Ti Biznis" to End the School Year

Helping with "Product Development"
Helping with "Product Development"

The school year at St. Paul’s ended with a three-day workshop for the 10th graders. A group of college students traveled to Petit Trou and worked with the students to reinforce lessons learned through the school year on entrepreneurship.

Haiti’s economy is based on a small and medium business model accounting for over 80% of all employment. Over the last year, St. Paul’s School began an entrepreneurship class for secondary school students teaching the basics of marketing, quality, savings and budgeting. 57 students were involved in the program.

The three-day workshop which was nicknamed Ti Biznis (Little Business) was the culmination of their year long study. It was an opportunity to practice creating a small business using hands-on learning with play money and simple crafted products. The students took out loans, designed their products, had a sale, paid back their loans and determined their profit.   The class will continue this fall as a regular part of the secondary school curriculum.

Student Quotes Translated:

Stanley “I liked making the products. I liked Ti Biznis because it was a different way of learning.”

Marie Wislene Elizabeth “ I learned how to price a product. To look at the cost of materials and the expenses for the product first and then knowing that, you can add your profit to find your final price.”

Marc Daiver “In Ti Biznis, I liked all things. The products we made were beautiful, I liked the sale when we sold our products and I liked that we made a profit.”

Shelda “In my business I liked selling my product, buying other products, all that I learned.”

In line at the "bank"
In line at the "bank"
Serious work on their "products"
Serious work on their "products"

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May 26, 2015

Agriculture Education Comes to Petit Trou, Haiti

Student Plots
Student Plots

AGRICULTURE EDUCATION has come to St. Paul's campus in Petit Trou, Haiti. This long anticipated program began in April as Agronom (The official title of an agronomist in Haiti) Etienne arrives on campus and commences the Agi-tek trainings with the building of gardens, compost piles, and experimental irrigation systems. Jean Woodley Etienne is a recent graduate from university in Haiti. He plans on spending his first month meeting the local farmers and developing an Ag Club with students at St. Paul's. By the beginning of the 2015 - 2016 school year, he hopes to have the curriculum course of study planned and facilities built to begin offering agriculture best practices as part of the 7th - 9th grade curriculum.

The agriculture program in Petit Trou will provide hands-on training for the students at St Paul’s. Experimental plots for each class will support the students’ active participation. And the produce from these gardens will supply the subsidized school lunch with nutritious food.

Good gardening and best practices in agriculture make a dramatic difference in family nutrition. The Colorado Haiti Project together with St Paul’s School will enhance farming and thus health for local families of Petit Trou, Haiti with this new program. Stay tuned!

Grinding corn for hot lunch
Grinding corn for hot lunch
Students making their compost pile
Students making their compost pile
Students who will enjoy the nutritious food
Students who will enjoy the nutritious food

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