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How Science, Math and Creole Education Can Lead to Prosperity in Haiti

Haiti is placed on one-third of Hispaniola Island in the Caribbean Sea. The citizens are mostly the descendants of the African slaves, who won independence from France in 1804. Unlike other English or Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries, most people in Haiti speak Creole in daily life and French as an official or formal language. French is the main language in educational institutions too because written Creole is still not widely accepted. The economy is mostly based on agriculture, but unfortunately not developed enough to meet the demand of the domestic population entirely. This country has been through a lot, historically and politically fought with natural disasters and chronic poverty, and as a result, the education system is outdated and needs to be modernized and digitalized.

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Can STEM education be a part of the solution?

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM education) is a concept created around the idea to educate young people in these four disciplines through the interdisciplinary approach. Instead of learning each discipline separately, the STEM system integrates them into one unified subject, innovative and suitable for the needs and problems of the modern world and society. Through STEM education, students can gain not only problem-solving skills but also digital literacy, communication, independent thinking, and other benefits.

The application of STEM education in Haiti, first and foremost, means embracing and emphasizing the need of changing the attitude toward the idea of using the native, Creole language in schools and universities. Furthermore, it would also influence students’ approach toward the learning process, making it more creative, and initiative-oriented, especially for the mathematics and technology part. For Haitian students, who are not in a position to follow the world educational trends and overall progress, this can be a huge obstacle.

Math problems writing services to the rescue

Although the implementation of STEM education can play a leading role in the process of transformation in Haiti education, it can potentially jeopardize the success of each student individually. With so many new things introduced, it’s important to consider the possibility that students won’t be able to follow the program, especially the technology part. In this case, math problem writing services can be of substantial help, especially in overcoming the shortage of time for essay writing. Many Haitian students are forced to work and study so online math problems services can be one affordable and effective solution for them. The professional math tutors are experienced and capable to provide tips and solutions, for faster and more effective ways of dealing with math assignments and other papers.

Investing in Haiti’s education

So far, there have been two educational reforms in Haiti, in an attempt to shift from the French educational model to a new one, more native language-oriented, and primarily focused on student’s inclusion. Unfortunately, neither of them gave satisfactory results, mostly due to a lack of funding and other types of support, and systematic organization.

However, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Haitian governments and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) gives some hope that things might change and finally start moving forward. MIT professor Michel DeGraff and his team created a training program of education for Haitian college professors. The main idea is to implement the modern educational tools, developed at MIT, and simultaneously promote the use of the Creole language in Haitian universities.

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Conclusion

To change things effectively, the government has to first deal with the situation where even the average annual tuition of around $80 for primary education is too high for many. Uniforms, books, and transportation are not included in this cost. A large number of parents are not in a position to even partially cover these expenses.  In addition to the situation, more than 80% of all primary schools are non-public and profit-based, and there is a general lack of school facilities, trained teachers, and learning materials.

For higher education, Haitian students can choose one of 4 regional public universities. Besides these public ones, they can also pick and enroll among 200 private universities and educational institutions. However, because of insufficient funding and difficult access to higher education, only 1% of young people in Haiti will be able to attend college courses and graduate. To be able to do that, most of them have to be fortunate enough to first pass the baccalauréat exam, and then apply for scholarships, or find another source of financial support for their studies.

Author Bio:

Robert Everett is a freelance academic and commercial content writer engaged with numerous online publishers. As a writer, Robert engages the readers through informative content. His work is based on reliable sources of relevant data that bring practical and educational value to the audience. 

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Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Feb. 12, 2021

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