Cabois Community School

This school, in a poor area of rural Haiti, helps create peace and stability in the area by teaching students to participate in their education and in the life of their community, and to learn the skills required to create joyful, vibrant communities – even in a country with little economic means and an unsteady government.

Here’s a look at a day of classes which I observed during the first week of June, 2009.

The first year students (roughly equivalent to first grade in the USA) were learning to write letters. Each of them had a notebook with letters repeated many times on one page.

I went to the second year students’ class, and watched them multiplying two digit numbers by four digit numbers (problems such as 21 * 1748 ). I was surprised to see such difficult work in this class! Some of the students needed help to solve these problems, while others were able to do it right without teacher assistance. Several students were working on problems on the chalkboard at the same time.

At the same time, the third-and-fourth-grade class was working on reading in French. It’s our hope that the school will soon be able to teach reading and writing in the students’ native language, Haitian Creole, rather than in French. But for this school year, the school wasn’t ready with books and teaching materials for Creole instruction.