APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
ISPAN, with the help of the World Heritage Center and Tipa Tipa Foundation, will produce teaching materials for a five year curriculum on Haiti's extraordinarily rich national heritage and the reasons why it must be preserved. The teaching materials will target children from ages 6 to 12 as well as educators. The educators will be trained to teach the kids about the curriculum and even though the subject is basically the same, the teaching is quite different. There will therefore be two different types of material.
The five sets of lessons will include books, audio and video materials covering the various aspects of national heritage. The methodology will be based on actual productions which have been prepared on the subject by the World Heritage Center for several countries, and will be specially adapted to the Haiti case.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
As of September 2010, awareness building in Haiti already started and fundraising is the next step.
From January 2011 to June 2013, five sets of the curriculum will be produced. Each of these curricula will be a one-year program for a specific age group. During these two and a half years, ISPAN will partner with specific organizations to elaborate the lessons while schools test the material. ISPAN will also encourage the Ministry of National Education to include this Heritage curriculum in the national civic education program. ISPAN projects to have the material ready to be implemented nationwide during the 2013-2014 school year and beginning in September 2013.
The loss of national Haitian identity and conscience is evident through the mistreatment of precious architectural heritage and the disappearance of Haitian traditions. For example, after 13 years of restoration by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Citadelle is slowly slipping back into disrepair despite efforts from the tourism industry to attract tourists to the site. This is due to the fact that the Haitian population is not aware of its importance, even though it is a world heritage site. The lack of education on the importance of all aspects of national heritage is the greatest danger which Haiti's heritage is facing. Ignorance of that subject leads to neglect, abandonment and death of the whole cultural identity of a people. A people without identity is condemned to die. This initiative relates directly to the work of ISPAN which is the preservation of, and education about, Haiti's national heritage.
Pride and respect towards one's own culture gives people the desire to transmit those sentiments to younger generations and to the world. This pride must be taught at an early age, and be embedded in the child's psyche, as well as made indistinguishable from oneself.
ISPAN seeks to empower future young leaders of Haiti by providing them with the tools to rebuild this national identity and conscience. In turn, this edification and discovery of Haiti's rich culture and history will change the face and future of the nation.