Empowerment Through Education
Haiti’s literacy rate of about 53 percent (55 percent for men and 51 percent for women) falls well below the 90 percent average literacy rate for Latin American and Caribbean countries. The country faces shortages in educational supplies and qualified teachers, and the rural population remains underrepresented in the country’s classrooms. Currently, most Haitian schools are private rather than state-funded. International private schools (run by Canada, France, or the United States) and church-run schools educate 90 percent of students.
The enrollment rate for primary school is 67%, of which less than 30% reach 6th grade. Secondary schools enroll 20% of eligible-age children. (From Wikipedia)
Many bright, young Haitian men and women aspire to go to college and become professionals in order to make a difference in their country. However, most lack the opportunity and resources to make this a reality.
THEA sponsors students to study medicine and rehabilitation in order to empower individuals to return to their communities with valued abilities.
Please help provide an opportunity for a young man or woman to become a health professional by contributing to THEA’s College Fund.
THEA’s “Teachers Unite” seminars equip teachers in Haiti with strategies to build critical thinking skills and reading comprehension with their students. With limited teaching resources, schools in Haiti rely primarily on rote memorization. The teacher seminars also include information sharing about child development using THEA’s child development curriculum.
THEA facilitates sustainable solutions at the grass roots level to empower individuals and communities in Haiti to take the leadership in improving conditions in Haiti.
- provide hands-on training to secondary students and others in the community,
- provide a source of nutrition,
- improve self-esteem,
- promote strong community relationships, and
- foster skills which enable individuals to support their families and communities for generations.