AIR's current commitment in Haiti is designed to improve access to quality education for children and out-of-school youth by strengthening the capacity of Haiti's Ministry of Education and Professional Training (MENFP in French) to plan, coordinate, deliver, monitor, and evaluate education services throughout the country; improving the quality of teaching and learning; promoting community development; and increasing access to education through scholarships. Activities will be implemented in areas that have been most heavily affected by civil conflicts and environmental challenges: Port-au-Prince, Petit-G?ave, Les Cayes, Gona?ves, Saint-Marc, Montruis, Limb? and Cap-Haitian, as well as Cabaret and Jacmel.
The impact of AIR's current work in Haiti will be:
- Strengthening the MENFP capacity to be able to effectively serve public and non-public schools; regulate non-public schools through licensing; improve professional training for teachers and school directors by advancing the certification system; analyze key education policy issues; and increase education access for at-risk children and out-of-school youth.
- Training over 1,000 teachers and school directors to elevate teaching standards.
- Reaching 170 schools with school-level support services to improve teaching standards and learning outcomes for students.
- Developing appropriate mechanisms to teach life skills and reproductive health for all students in grades 1-9, in school settings as well as in community education centers to reach out-of school youth.
- Facilitating the distribution of multi-year scholarships to 30,000 students in 400 primary schools in Haiti through USAID's Hurricane Recovery Program, with a particular focus on reaching areas most affected by conflict and storms.
The majority of AIR's current activity in Haiti is made possible by funding through a performance-based contract administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). AIR will implement this program through various activities, inlcuding:
- Assessing MENFP's capacity and working directly with the MENFP to implement activities.
- Providing technical assistance for curriculum development within the MENFP.
- Providing in-service training to improve the skills of teachers and school directors.
- Conducting baseline assessments, especially focused on students' early reading and math abilities, and conducting technical interventions leading to consistent national learning standards.
- Utilizing innovative methods to reach youth, such as teaching through Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) broadcasts and establishing community education centers.
- Developing and promoting age-appropriate education in Life Skills and reproductive health.
- Mobilizing the Haitian business community to become stakeholders in community development programs, especially scholarships.
- Promoting educational access through scholarships.
SEEKING: AIR welcomes additional funding partners, particularly private enterprise, to provide recovery education services as well as to expand the number of scholarships and the impact of education reform in Haiti.