Haitian School Jumpstarting Bright Futures
Progressive Haitian Education
Since its founding in 2014, the Matènwa Community Learning Center (MCLC) in Haiti has blazed a progressive education trail. MCLC uses democratic hands-on schooling radically different from a traditional Haitian school: corporal punishment is banned; agriculture integrates into the curriculum; and students learn in their mother tongue. The school provides breakfast and an on-hand nurse. MCLC students have distinguished themselves with extremely high national exam pass rates.
Recent MCLC graduate, Louiseda Sumé, says, “I made my family proud, my school community proud and myself proud.”
A thoughtful and grounded student,
Self-Expression, Hard Work, Transformation
Cequère is a tenth grader at MCLC. He loves making benches and tables. Cequère feels that woodworking has transformed his educational journey. Since realizing that he uses skills learned in the classroom to visualize, plan, measure, cut
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