Haiti A Learning Experience

WUSF University Beat highlights Patel Center researcher’s journey to Haiti.


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2010) – A year ago, 17 teachers from Haiti returned to their homes after a summer spent learning about democracy through the University of South Florida’s Patel Center for Global Solutions. The idea behind the U.S. State Department-funded program was that by strengthening Haiti’s education system, the entire nation’s future would be bolstered, as well.


The Jan. 12 earthquake, however, changed the teachers’ plans, destroyed their schools and left Haiti – and its children – without a clear sense of how the education system would rebound. Now, USF researchers have reunited with the Haitian teachers to lend their assistance once again.


Mark Amen, the Patel Center’s academic director, and Barbara Cruz, a professor of social science education, visited Haiti in August to see first-hand what the needs are, from classrooms, to school supplies to teacher training.


They along with Jean François Dujour, a Haitian teacher from the 2009 group who has now come to USF to pursue his master’s degree in French, recently met with WUSF University Beat reporter Mark Schreiner to describe their visit to Haiti and the continued efforts to support education in Haiti.


Watch the University Beat reports here.


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