Be prepare to save as you are getting ready to buy your Back to School supplies for your children
As summer comes to an end, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule. Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement and anxiety. Every parent should help children begin school with a positive mindset, support their transition into a new school year, and prepare them for fall learning. Here we've got some tips to help you out in this. (i) Set your kids' sleep schedules back to "School Time" in advance; (ii) Meet the new teachers; (iii) Encourage your children to read at least one book before the school begins; (iv) Visit places of cultural interest like museums to shift their brains into "Scholar" mode; (v) Check whether you have purchased every item which you needed as per back to school list; (vi) Keep your kid's medical and other records ready; (vii) Make sure your kids know how to handle bullying; (viii) Learn about your kid's expectation and plans for the year ahead; and (ix) Connect your kids with friends.
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.
5.18.16 - Collier County, Florida. Six children sent home from school for wearing t-shirts with the Haitian flag and national coat of arms on Haitian Flag Day.
Five school girls were sent home for wearing T-shirts with the Haitian flag and national coat of arms on Haitian Flag Day, because it was a breach of the Collier County school district's student code of conduct. However, according to such code of conduct, only four flags can be worn in school: The United States flag, the POW/MIA flag, the Florida state flag, and the school's flag... but no Haitian flag. The POW/MIA flag was designed during the Vietnam War, as a symbol of national concern about U.S. military personnel who were Prisoners Of War (POW) and those who are still Missing in Action (MIA). The students later said, they felt discriminated, because, their parents were from Haiti. The Haitian Flag day is indisputably a symbol of general pride for all people of Haitian descent. Every year, it is observed in Haiti and in a number of U.S. cities with large populations of Haitian Americans. It marks the day (May 18, 1803) when the first Haitian flag was flown during the slave revolt against the French that led to the nation's independence. The school is situated in the town of Immokalee, Florida, where 8.9% of the people are Haitian descent.
New US Visas and scholarships scam targeting Haitians. On February 22, 2016, a note of caution has been issued by the US Embassy in Haiti alerting the Haitian people who are seeking U.S visa or intend to apply for U.S scholarship over the internet. A group of racketeers using Sophia Martelly's name, is falsely claiming that they can arrange both. They are using the following email addresses: (i) firstname.lastname@example.org; (ii) email@example.com, with a point of contact named Samuel at +509-3990-6218 and an accountant named Evelia Jean Charles. The note issued advises people to stay away from these racketeers and every aspiring individual must know that the US Embassy never authorize any person or group to arrange US visa or scholarship. The only way to get them is through a direct contact and application to the US Embassy.
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.
Have you ever wondered how can a child learn in such a tough environment. This is the daily reality of many school age children in Haiti. They spend their day in a hot classroom, with no electricity, not even a running fan. The seating is often not comfortable. In some schools such as the public Lycees in particular, you find students standing up, seating in the windows, by the entrance door just to assist class. This is beside other problems you often find in the school system in Haiti such as teachers unqualified for the subjects they are teaching. These teachers are often called "Jack of all trades". Also, just like in the transportation or prison system in Haiti, most classrooms are overcrowded.
Here is a picture of Mr. Jhonson Napoleon, president of Azure College, a South Florida college.
Azure College, one of the fastest growing Private-Sector College in South Florida, offers health science degree programs. During the first week of September, the college has been relocated to a new location in Miami Gardens, Florida. The relocation has been made on the graduation day of over 200 Registered Nursing and Practicing Nursing graduates. While inaugurating, Jhonson Napoleon, the President of Azure College, along with his wife and Vice President Betsy Napoleon said, the new location is a lot more than a new home and better accessibility; it has given the institution a new identity. We might remember that, during the last year, Mr. Napoleon filed a lawsuit against 'CareerSource' of South Florida, because that institution failed to reimburse him $204,950 worth of incurred expenses for opening two career centers for refugees in Hialeah and Little Haiti. On December 2012, Roderick Rick Beasley, the executive director of CareerSource and Napoleon signed a contract to open two career centers in Little Haiti and Hialeah on lease at a lease cost of over $300,000 to help Cuban and Haitian refugees find stable livelihood. However, the Beasley's agency never reimbursed him any amount above $200,000 until the contract expired in March 2013.
Here is a picture taken from a Quebec elementary school textbook that the Haitian community called racist material.
Some members of Montreal's black and Haitian communities have reported that a French Textbook (Ardoise grammar book), meant for Grade 3 and 4 students contains racist material and it should be withdrawn from the curriculum. They consider the book as racist because no other perspective of Haiti has been presented to the kids in the book, but it describes poverty, ignorance and backwardness of the Haitian community. The controversial part of the textbook is a story of an 11-year-old small girl from Haiti, named Fancia who does daily household chores of a woman. She lives in a Haitian community of poor and black people where doing daily chore is a normal practice, but hope to get educated is nothing but an absurd dream of a small girl. The given description could be an individual instance, but never a describing representation or a part of children education.
Here is Lycée Toussaint Louverture for basic and secondary cycles
In the reconstructed 'Lycee Toussaint Louverture ' premises 300 students and 2,800 students can study in the basic and secondary sections respectively. The students in the secondary section can study in any of the two shifts: morning or evening. Twenty one and twenty two classrooms have been allotted for morning and evening sections respectively. Though the Haitian Constitution requires that a public education be offered free to all people, the Haitian government has not been able to fulfill this obligation. It spends about 10% of the federal budget on elementary and secondary education. More than 80 percent of primary schools are privately managed by nongovernmental organizations, churches, communities, and for-profit institutions.
Here is Lycée Toussaint Louverture in Rue Saint-Honore.
Vocational training in Haiti is given at different levels between the second half of secondary school and the first half of the university. It includes trainings on technical or professional education, housework or professional skills. General secondary education consists of a three-year basic cycle and a four-year upper cycle that leads to a baccalaureate (baccalauréat, or the equivalent of the high school diploma) and possible university matriculation.
'Lycee Toussaint Louverture 'was founded in 1946, during the rule of the government of Dumarsais Estime. The name of Toussaint Louverture was chosen for the school because that great Haitian liberator during his lifetime fought for equality and his name represents the aspirations of people everywhere seeking freedom and justice.