It has been said: “it takes a village to raise a child”. But, what happens to a village that no longer has children because they no longer recognize it as their own?
The Déléard School is a project that not only articulates the sense of belonging but also and above all recognition of the responsibility of children to the village. The project aims to develop a civic education through the acquisition of modern knowledge in a “native” cultural framework of the young people.
The program is consistent with the curriculum of the Ministry of National Education of Haiti and is divided into sections: kindergarten, fundamental grades, an introduction to agriculture to develop land attachment.
- visual and auditory discrimination
- body diagram
- fruits and vegetables
- the meaning
- the senses
- geometric shapes
(1st to 6th – CP1 CM2)
- mastery of french language
- mastery of creole language
- social studies
- experimental sciences and technology
- visual arts
- physical education and sports
Somewhere in the mountains of Haiti, is a small village called Déléard. It has neither infrastructure: roads, electricity, telephone, water or medical facilities, or industrial activity. It’s like nowhere! Over sixty thousand people live there in a traditional form of social organization.
Walk in the village occasionally and you will encounter children going about their daily chores:
- fetching water from the source far from their homes for daily water drinking
- participation to subsistence farming in dry land
- herding animals on dry pastures
- rambling all day long and wasting crucial years for the stimulation of intelligence because of lack of school