Connecting St. Paul’s School
In Petit Trou, Haiti electricity and the Internet is very hard to come by. Right now, the only source of connection is through a phone data plan, which is not sufficient for classroom learning.
In the fall of 2015, with the help of a Microsoft team member, the Colorado Haiti Project began working towards computer literacy and connectivity. While we have yet to receive Internet access, we have started teaching up-to-date computer skills including typing, Microsoft Office and even an English Language program to students starting in 4th grade. The students start each day with their typing practice. Right now they are all working on autobiographies in Word and a classroom PowerPoint.
This January, the teachers at St. Paul’s each purchased a computer through a matching fund from the Colorado Haiti Project. They expressed their concerns over the last year about feeling behind in their own computer knowledge and felt they would be better able to support their students with improved computer skills and Internet access. When they received their new computers, the teachers attended a four-day training seminar and learned about the same programs their students are using. They can connect to the Internet by traveling to a nearby community to further their work. The teachers plan to use the computers to research, track classroom activities, write up lesson plans and to help others to learn computer literacy.
Our hope is to have Internet access for the school during the 2016-2017 school year. In the meantime, the campus is preparing to take full advantage of the computer literacy courses, learning from their connected teachers and getting in lots of typing practice!
Thank you for you continued interest and support in our programs and we look forward to sharing our progress with you!