From Fran Leeman
While in Haiti this week, Marnie Van Wyk and I had several meetings to move our plan to build a new school forward. The "Model School" ("Lekol Model" in Kreyol) will be a school operated by New Life for Haiti, and staffed with Haitian teachers and a Haitian Director who have been trained in educational philosophies and methodologies with which most of the culture here is completely unfamiliar. Marnie's team is working on creating various tools for the training. When a village asks us to come alongside them to build a school, the teachers and Director will be given training at this school. It will be a model, a pattern, for better ways to run a school and teach children in engaging ways. As they say, a picture (seeing it!) is worth a thousand words. This week we talked more with our local leaders about possible locations for the school, about what kind of people we want to hire as teachers, and about the timeline for getting the school built and open. We met with the young man who will serve as our Director, Estache Francois, and spent much time sharing about teaching methods. This project is going to impact and improve rural education throughout this valley and the surrounding mountains. All we need now is money:-) I am confident that when people catch this vision, what we need will be provided.