The Haitian Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training has initiated and piloted a programme of installing 500 interactive digital boards in schools throughout the country. The provision of the boards and the training of teachers for their use are provided by the Franco-haitian Haïti Futur association. The installation of solar-powered electrical power supply systems is entrusted to Electriciens sans frontières, which will provide services to Haitian companies.
Electriciens sans frontières’ intervention is done on three levels. Identifying individual schools will aim to prepare an ‘identity card’ for each of them as well as preparing individualised installation plans. The identity card will include information on the number of classes, pupils and teachers; the installation plan will give instructions to Haitian companies in charge of the work. Then, acceptance of the work will verify that each facility complies with the Ministry’s standards. Finally, end-user training will ensure that users are aware of electrical hazards. The first-level maintenance will be carried out by the Haiti Futur association and that at a higher technical level by the Haitian companies.
The project aims to contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning conditions for pupils and teachers in these schools, to diversify the educational content available while respecting national educational guidelines, but also to reduce the inequalities observed in Haitian education. The project aims to create momentum to encourage its repetition in most Haitian schools. A similar project led by Haiti Futur showed the positive impacts of integrating interactive digital boards into the classroom. The exam results are improving, as is the motivation of the teachers and the students.
In order to ensure the sustainability of the project, one person in each school will be trained at the first level of maintenance and follow-up contracts will be signed with the companies