Education for All in Haiti - Gep Foundation FundraiserTime:
7:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday, November 19, 2011
Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church
1555 Mass. Ave.
Created By Gabriel Thornton
The Gep Foundation invites you to a benefit to raise money for its teacher training programs in Haiti and for Lekol Vizyon Moden (the Modern Vision School) the school that Gep has opened Haiti. We are very lucky to be able to feature a presentation by MIT professor Michel DeGraff, whose work explores how Haitian students learn better in their native tongue, Kreyol, rather than in French, the traditional language of instruction ...in Haiti. The event will also feature a performance by a dance troupe of Haitian American students from the Cambridge Rindge & Latin high school. We ask for a $20 donation at the door. Refreshments will be served.
For more information on Michel and his work, check out:
An opinion piece written by Michel from the Boston Globe that describes why teaching Haitian students in French is so problematic.
A Globe story about Michel's work in Haiti, originally published on the cover of the Globe's Ideas section in July 2011.
Gep was started by a group of Boston Haitians in response to the massive destruction caused by the earthquake that shook Haiti in January 2010. In the fall of 2010, Gep opened the Lekol Vizyon Moden in Laplaine to provide a free education to students whose parents cannot afford to send their kids to school. The school is now in its second year and focuses its efforts on systems-based science, technology, and math instruction.
Almost all of the money Gep raises is spent in Haiti to pay teachers, to feed students, and to purchase school supplies. The only money spent in the US is for plane tickets to Haiti and for supplies that cannot be purchased in Haiti.
Please come if you can. Spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested. Of course, your contacts involved in educating Haitian students will be particularly interested, as will those who are just generally interested in Haiti or education.
We look forward to seeing many of you there!