By Steve Roberts, Rubicon International
A team of Rubicon employees, joined by 3 French-speaking educators, will journey to Haiti to conduct Rubicon Educational Foundation‘s first Teacher Academy.
I’m fortunate to be a part of this team and look forward to working with teachers from schools that participate in our Foundation’s Partner School program and #1000BooksforHaiti project.
It’s been 5 years since our first trip to Haiti that launched our project work. Since then, we have remotely assisted school efforts to provide a learning experience for many children whose education was displaced by the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. We are anxious to return, February 20th-28th, to assist them in their efforts by providing some direct service to these schools through teacher professional development.
Though our primary goal is to deliver some much requested teacher training to educators from our project schools, exploring the availability of teacher professional development resources among the well-established educational organizations in Haiti is another goal.
While visiting project schools in Haiti, we also hope to:
- See the outstanding work that has taken place since the earthquake
- Interview teachers and students about their experiences
- Assess how we might best assist them to move forward
Thanks go out to the employees of Rubicon International whose ongoing support for their educational foundation continues to provide children in crisis with educational opportunities to develop into global citizens and leaders of tomorrow.
On a personal note, I will be returning to Haiti after beginning my International Educator career there 20 years ago. I look forward to sharing my understanding and experience of Project Based Learning with teachers during our upcoming workshops. I’m sure I will come away learning from the teachers in this culture that handles daily challenges with resilience, humor and a love for life.
“Fo’masyon Pwofesé Pa Pwofesé, or “Teachers Teaching Teachers” in Haitian Creole. In this spirit, we will share our trip experience with you in a future blog post.
To get more involved, please visit the Rubicon Educational Foundation‘s website.