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Our Teacher Training Academy (FIHTA) seeks to foster much-needed local capacity building and economic development through education. Part of a larger systemic change initiative in Verrettes, FIHTA provides professional development to local preschool and elementary teachers and principals in order to improve student proficiency in math and science. Its three core areas of focus are: continuing teacher training, teacher professional development, and math and science test preparation program.

Our Summer Seminar Series consisted of three-day sessions and were developed with the hope of fusing the local expertise with that readily available in the Haitian Diaspora. Mindful of our environment, one hour in each session was devoted to Nutrition and health education and introduction to agriculture and environmental protection. The Teacher Training Academy is a subset of our Education Program in support of the Ministry of Education and in cooperation with the Ecole Normale de Liancourt (Local Teachers College.)


In the middle of the world food crisis and despite decreasing land production we know that agriculture remains the bedrock of the economy in Haiti. We create partnerships with organizations already working in this field, peasant associations and agri-businesses in order to develop Agriculture and Natural Resources practices that embrace and facilitate structural transformation. Our approach is unique in that our work to ensure this evolution involves neither catastrophic shocks to current farming systems nor displacement of people from the land. We build up on existing and customary agricultural practices and promote best practice sharing. Central to our effort is a focus on sustainability-- respecting the environment and the livelihoods that depend on it.

Our Objectives
  • Encourage the sustainable management of natural resources in the Artibonite valley through reforestation programs
  • Enable partners to be more able to influence public or private acts that impact on agricultural production

To achieve this we work especially to:
  • Strengthen the capacity of our partners to make impact on environmental policies and practices
  • Increase population awareness to have an impact
  • Develop partnerships to campaign at the national level

Our Approach

Working with our local partners, we:
  • Support people’s right to access to land and natural resources and technology, especially women and marginalized small farmers.
  • Support policies favorable to sustainable practices
  • Support policies aimed at developing access to water and to markets

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Education Facts
  • Of Haiti's 8.7 million inhabitants, just about half (52.9%) are illiterate, which is by far the highest rate in the Caribbean region.
  • Haiti counts 15,200 primary schools, of which the vast majority are private and managed by the communities, religious organizations or NGOs. 
  • The enrollment rate for primary school is 67%, of which less than 30% reach 6th grade.
  • Secondary schools enroll 20% of eligible-age children.
  • It is a sad fact that more than half of Haitian children do not go to school.
FAMILY Educational Survey, Verrettes Commune
Conducted May-June, 2009

  • 300+ schools and 2000+ teachers were surveyed both in urban areas (Verrettes) and the surrounding mountains. 
  • Initial analysis of the survey reveals that only about 30% of teachers in the area are adequately qualified
  • There is very little access to education in remote areas. 
  • Over 70% of people who work in this area, especially in core classes do not reach grade 12 (Rhetoric). They have neither taken teacher training seminars nor do they hold a teaching degree.
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