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Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children

by Beyond Borders
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Schools Not Slavery for Rural Haitian Children
Preschoolers at Jean Marie School in Tipalmis.
Preschoolers at Jean Marie School in Tipalmis.

We are so grateful for your generous gift to Schools Not Slavery. Your support means girls and boys in nine rural communities on Lagonav Island are safe, free, and enrolled in quality schools.

In 2016, 104 children were freed from slavery, reunited with their parents, and enrolled in school thanks to supporters like you.

Children whose parents can't afford to send them to school face the highest risk of being sent in to slavery. Your support enrolls kids in a school near where they live and helps improve the quality of those schools.

Today, thanks to supporters like you, more than 3,500 rural children are getting a quality education from well-trained teachers who care. That's because all 35 schools in the Schools Not Slavery Network are implementing a six-point strategy to boost the capacity of teachers and enhance the learning environment for every student.

This strategy for educational excellence was pioneered by our long-time partners at the Matènwa Community Learning Center and is proven to produce reading scores that are nearly three times better than the national average, according to a 2014 MIT study. It includes:

    1. Native Language Instruction – Students are taught in Haitian Creole, the language they speak at home, instead of French, which is introduced later in the classroom, as a second language.
    2. Participatory Approach to Classroom Management – This approach fosters intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills and encourages students to write stories in Haitian Creole about their own lives and share them with each other.
    3. Non-Violent Classroom Management – Teachers use a non-violent approach to classroom management that teaches students leadership and democracy.
    4. Textbook Banks – Textbook banks ensure every student has the textbooks they need to be a successful learner.
    5. Accelerated Education – Students who miss out on starting school at age six either because their parents were too poor to pay tuition fees OR because they were sent away to live with others and work as household servants can catch up on the learning they missed through an Accelerated Education program.
    6. Education Rooted in Rural Life - At every school agriculture is integrated into almost every aspect of the curriculum, teaching students agricultural science and improved farming techniques that they can share with their families, like how to produce higher crop yields and minimize the impact of drought and deforestation.

Your generous support for Schools Not Slavery makes this kind of high-quality education possible for girls and boys in rural Haiti and greatly reduces their risk of being sent away in to slavery. Thank you so much for your care and concern for vulnerable children in Haiti. We are grateful for your support!

We encourage students to write their own stories.
We encourage students to write their own stories.
School gardens root education in rural life.
School gardens root education in rural life.
Students are taught in their native Creole.
Students are taught in their native Creole.
Lancer Guerrier, a 2nd grade teacher at St. Yves.
Lancer Guerrier, a 2nd grade teacher at St. Yves.
Textbook banks ensure every child has a textbook.
Textbook banks ensure every child has a textbook.

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Beatrice is free, back home, and in school now.
Beatrice is free, back home, and in school now.

Thank you for your generous support for the Schools Not Slavery Initiative in rural Haiti. You are making a difference in the lives of girls like 11-year-old Beatrice, who was freed from domestic slavery, returned home to her family in the village of Nan Kafe, and enrolled in a quality school.

A just-completed household survey conducted in six of the nine communities on the island of Lagonav where the Schools Not Slavery Initiative is working found that 97.1% of school-aged children like Beatrice are in school -- that's compared to an average of just 72.8% for rural children nationally in Haiti.

Thanks to you, more and more children like Beatrice are enrolled in quality schools near where they live, and their parents are getting the help they need to raise them at home, instead of sending them away to live with other families where they risk becoming enslaved.

"We're encouraged by these results and what they mean for vulnerable girls and boys and their families in rural Haiti," said Beyond Borders' Executive Director David Diggs. "But we've got more work to do. We are continuing to invest in new strategies that will help our partners in all the communities where we work to ensure that every child is in school," he added. The same household survey will be conducted later this year in the three remaining communities where Schools Not Slavery works.

Beatrice told Beyond Borders' Freda Catheus, who coordinates the Schools Not Slavery Initiative on Lagonav Island, that it's her wish too that every child could be free.

“I would like every child in slavery like I was to return to their family and to be free,” Beatrice told Freda, “so that no child suffers like I did.” 

Your generosity is also helping to ensure that boys and girls like Beatrice are never sent away to live with others in the first place, by organizing local Child Protection Brigades. Made up of volunteers trained in a six-month Schools Not Slavery Child Rights Program, these brigades are reducing the number of children sent away by helping parents understand the dangers their children face when sent away to live with others. 

In the communities where Schools Not Slavery-supported Child Protection Brigades are at work, the rate of children sent away by their parents to live with other families is less than half the national average -- 12.7% versus 26%.

"Our goal is to see the practice of sending children away completely end in all the communities where we work," David said. "We will continue to work with families to help them bring their children home, enroll them in a good local school, and find the means to earn a dignified living so they never feel pressured to send their children away again," he said.

Second graders at National School in Tipalmis.
Second graders at National School in Tipalmis.
Child Protection Brigade graduates, Dec. 2016.
Child Protection Brigade graduates, Dec. 2016.
We scored 100 for transparency & accountability.
We scored 100 for transparency & accountability.

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
David Diggs
Washington, DC United States

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