This 2019/2020 school year has been insanely disappointing for the Haitian children and their educators. They started the year with political unrest in September. After a week of school starting for the year, they were on lockdown. This resulted in school not functioning for the rest of September, all of October, November, and December. They were able to start the school year in January. Things were looking good and it looked like they would be able to finish the school year in late July with plans for the 20-21 school year picking up in September. They were able to test the students with an evaluation in early March.
Unfortunately, by the end of March, they had to close schools again due to the COVID-19 epidemic. So, in total the students missed a total of 7/10 months of the 19-20 school year.
Having only tested for one period, they have to adjust the coming months so that they can close out the school year. The Minister of Education plans on reopening school doors on the 10th of August. They will provide a modified curriculum that should allow students to get caught up on what they missed during the months of August, September, and October. This will push the 20-21 school year to November-July.
With school slowly getting back to “normal” there is always the renewed budgetary concerns with operating a school in a poor community. Education has proven to be the single best way to raise up the strength of a community. It does take longer than most attempted solutions but it lasts for a lifetime.
In order to do this, the school needs the funds to compensate the teachers for the extra hours they will be working. The administration asked HopeGate if they would be willing to help the teachers and students not lose an entire year of education. We said “Yes!” But it’s really up to good people like you to help make this happen.
The school would need an extra $650-$700/month for 3 months to cover the teachers, as well as the rest of the staff.
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