By Mark Franco, Director co-rd Limited
TEACHER TRAINING CENTRE – Liancourt, Haiti
Within the context that only about 3% of teachers in Haiti have formal training in the profession, a significant percentage do not have full high school education, the acute scarcity of didactic materials and all the other, known challenges within Haiti, a Trinidadian-born Montessori Directress, Carol Guy-James Barratt, is seeking to provide an established home for a Teacher Training Centre.
Working with the support of Fondation Peter Hesse, the training of Montessori teachers began in Haiti in 1986. By 2001 531 teachers and assistant teachers had been trained. In that year the management of the foundation’s teacher training centre was handed over to Haitian trainers. In 2002 a mobile training unit was developed and by 2006 the number of persons trained rose to over 600.
The most recent training facility that was in Port-au-Prince was destroyed in the earthquake. The foundation has secured land in Liancourt, in the Antibonite Valley to create the new permanent Centre. At this location they plan to train forty (40) Montessori teachers to teach children between the ages of 2 ½ to 6 years old following a 2-year course. Students will live at the Centre during their training in dormitory style facilities with trainers also living on site.