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Institute Monfort school for the deaf and blind in Haiti

Institute Monfort school for the deaf and blind in Haiti

Here is a picture of Institute Monfort school for the deaf and blind in Haiti.

Institut Montfort School for the deaf and deaf-blind children in Haiti was founded in 1957 by the Daughters of Wisdom. It is the first school in Haiti specializing in educating children who are deaf and deaf-blind. The institute is comprised of three schools located in three areas: Santo, Croix des Bouquets (the largest), St. Marc and the third in Lavaud. The school started with a class of seven children now boasts more than 650 students. Many of them reside in the school dormitories because they live too far to travel every day, or they come from families with minimal or no resources. The campus in Port-au-Prince was completely destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, but was rebuilt to a larger and more modern form in Santo, Croix Des Bouquets by World Community. In addition to providing basic education, the institute gives lessons in sports and fine arts, runs a gift shop which sells items made by the children at reasonable prices. The institute operates under the support of a non-profit organization, Friends of Montfort, Inc. whose mission is to provide: encouragement and financial support to deaf and deaf-blind children; scholarships for college-bound deaf high school seniors and facilitate open-heart surgery for needy Haitian children.

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Haiti adopting Dominican literacy plan Quisqueya Aprende Contigo

Haiti adopting Dominican literacy plan Quisqueya Aprende Contigo

Here is a picture of a Haitian delegation in the Dominican Republic as they are interested in adopting Dominican literacy plan Quisqueya Aprende Contigo.

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, Paula Brutus, the Haitian Secretary of State for Literacy Plan, accompanied by 7 Haitian experts visited the Dominican Republic to meet the Dominican Directorate General of Special Programs. The Haitian delegation team expressed Haiti's interest in Dominican government's national literacy plan, "Quisqueya Aprende Contigo". They expressed their interest to adopt that as a role model for eradicating literacy of people over 15 years. "Quisqueya Aprende Contigo" aims at all young and adult illiterates; it has been taken over by the Dominican government, under the leadership of President of the Republic, Danilo Medina. It includes three social programs that composes, "Quisqueya Aprende Contigo", "Quisqueya Empieza Contigo" and "Todos Somos Quisqueya". MS. Paula has admitted that Haiti alone cannot tackle its illiteracy problem; with the feedbacks received from the Dominican government. Haiti will move forward to implement the program for illiterate people aged between 16 and 50 years, during the years 2016-- 2021.

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Dany Laferriere officially entered Academie francaise in France

Dany Laferriere officially entered Academie francaise in France

Here is a picture of the Haitian Canadian writer Dany Laferriére as he was wearing his Academician suit while holding his Academician sword. He made his official entry as a member of the Académie Française on May 28, 2015.

Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferriere was selected to be one of the "immortals" in the Academie Francaise in 2013.

Laferriere has produced a large of body of work, 20 novels over 30 years. The subject matter of many of his books is the experience of being an exile.

He was introduced to the Academie in a formal ceremony on May 28th 2015 He says he is ". . . proud of being a writer."

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Fritz Deshommes, new rector of UEH

Fritz Deshommes, new rector of UEH

Here is a picture of Mr. Fritz Deshommes, the new rector of UEH.

Fritz Deshommes (born November 18, 1954 in Port-au-Prince) one of the founding members of the Haitian Association of Economists and a professor of economics at the State University of Haiti, has been elected as the new Rector of the State University of Haiti. The election was held in a secret location on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in the presence of 24 out of 36 members. Fritz Deshommes was elected in the second round of voting (13 votes were in his favor and 10 against). Hérold Toussaint was elected Vice-Rector with 17/3 votes. Deshommes is considered as one of the pioneers of contemporary economics journalism in Haiti. Some of his important publications are: Neo-liberalism Economic Crisis and Alternative Development (1995), Minimum Wage and Subcontracting in Haiti

(2010), Cost of Living and Economic Policy in Haiti (2008), Neo-liberalism, Economic Crisis and Alternative Development (2014), Haiti - The Nation Torn - Between "American Plan" and National Project
(2016).

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Jean Beauvois Dorsonne, Minister of Education

Jean Beauvois Dorsonne, Minister of Education

Here is a picture of Jean Beauvois Dorsonne, the new Minister of Education.

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Camille Junior Edouard the new Minister of Justice, in the presence of other parliamentarians and other dignitaries, presided over the investiture ceremony of Jean Beauvois Dorsonne as new Minister of National Education. Jean Beauvois Dorsonne has succeeded former Minister of Education Nesmy Manigat who was absent in the investiture ceremony. Jean Beauvois Dorsonne (born December 7, 1966) is a master graduate in social sciences, from college Val de Marne, Paris, France and a law graduate (2003), active lawyer, and member of the Bar of St Marc. He started his career with teaching profession in 1989 and later became a Chief Inspector of the secondary education. He joined the central office of the ministry as a member (May 2010) and became coordinator of the Directorate General of MENFP (2011 to date). He served as a parliamentarian (between 2006 to 2010) as a deputy of the people in the 48th Legislature, and served as the President of the Education Commission from January 2007 to May 2010.

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Dr. C. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University of Louisiana

Dr. C. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University of Louisiana

Here is a picture of Dr. C. Reynold Verret, Haitian-American and President of Xavier University of Louisiana

On May 14, 2015, the Board of Trustees of Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) unanimously elected C. Reynold Verret as the university's next president as a replacement for its longtime president Norman Francis, who held the post for long 47 years and helped establish Xavier as a premier historically black university. As the new president, Verret has taken charge of his new office since July 1, 2015. Dr. C. Reynold Verret is a native of Haiti, holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He arrived in New York in 1963 as a refugee, served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Howard Hughes Institute for Immunology at Yale University and the Center for Cancer Research at MIT. He has earlier experience with Historically Black College and Universities. He was the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Savannah State, Georgia's first historically Black college, since 2012. He has an outstanding STEM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education) background.

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Nesmy Manigat, new President of Global Partnership for Education

Nesmy Manigat, new President of Global Partnership for Education

Here is a picture of Nesmy Manigat, the new President of Global Partnership for Education.

GPE was launched in 2002 and today it is working in 61 developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education. GPE prioritizes the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in fragile and conflict-affected countries. The organization has allocated $4.4 billion in grants since 2003. Its key results show that about 69% of girls in GPE partner countries have finished primary school in 2013 compared to 56% in 2002. With GPA assistance, the primary completion rate has gone up to 72% from 63% in 2002. In the last year, on December 21, 2015, as part of the second civic education campaign, Nesmy Manigat, the then Minister of National Education, had launched a national level music and literary contest "Nou tout sanble, menm lè nou diferan" in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action. On Thursday, February 18th, on his invitation, a dozen of former education ministers were present at the Ministry Forum. The Minister Manigat explained them how the exchange of ideas and expertise could contribute and improve the quality of education given to every section of the society.

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construction project of the new Ministry of Education

construction project of the new Ministry of Education

Here is the lan for the construction project of the new Ministry of Education.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Marriott Hotel, President Martelly inaugurated the construction project of the new Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) building. The President was accompanied by the Prime Minister Evans Paul and other important governmental personalities. The construction will start from next March with a target for completion before the new academic year 2017-2018. During the January 12, 2010 earthquake, several students, teachers, principals, including 11 employees of the Ministry of Education died under the rubble of the collapsed training building. During the occasion, President took the opportunity to salute all the government employees who have worked uninterruptedly despite poor conditions and bad weathers from their temporary shelters in tents. The building over an area of 8,000 square meters will be constructed at a cost of $12 million of which $4 million will come from the treasury and the remaining from the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)

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Nou tout sanble, menm le nou diferan

Nou tout sanble, menm le nou diferan

Here is the winning logo for Nou tout sanble, menm lè nou diferan

On Monday, December 21, 2015, as part of the second civic education campaign, Nesmy Manigat, the Minister of National Education, launched the music and literary contest "Nou tout sanble, menm lè nou diferan" in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action. The music and literary competitions and a DJ contest at the national level was launched in the presence of several artists such as, Roosevelt Saillant aka "BIC" Eunide Édouarin aka "Princess Eud "and K-Libr. At the first phase of this initiative, Neyssa T. Demorcy (17 year old), a student of the Institution of the Sacred heart of Turgeau won the competition logo placed in the framework of the campaign "Nou Tout Sanble, menm lè nou diferan", defeating five other competitors. The first phase of the competition started in October 2015. The objective of the program was to incorporate values among the youth so that they understand the value of togetherness, respect and search for excellence.

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Kofi Annan on literacy

Kofi Annan on literacy

According to Mr. Kofi Annan, acquiring literacy is an empowering process that "helps millions of people to access knowledge and information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for building a better life".

According to Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat and the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (January 1997 to December 2006), "literacy is a bridge from misery to hope." Annan considers it as a defensive wall against poverty, and a step towards development. It is a vehicle for promotion of cultural and national identity and an agent of family health and nutrition. To him, "literacy is the road to progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential." It is essential in every society and economy for maintaining sustained social and economic development. Literacy reduces the gender gap and helps to build a nation without any tribal and ethnic differences. "It is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection."

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