Schools in Haiti continue to struggle to raise the literacy rates of their students.
We are transforming education in Haiti through our Mother Tongue Books program. Help us bring this program to 20 more schools and change the lives of 1,000 children in the next school year.
Our Mother Tongue Books program is built on our innovation we call “Write to Read.” In this approach, elementary grade students learn to read by writing and illustrating their own books in their native language, Creole. Through the process, children solidify their reading skills, and develop their creativity through storytelling and art, while creating a sorely-needed supply of age-appropriate and culturally relevant material for themselves and their peers.
Literacy rates are alarmingly low in Haiti, but independent testing and inspections have shown a dramatic increase in literacy among elementary students who are taught by teachers trained in the Mother Tongue Books approach innovated and spear-headed by the Matènwa Institute for Learning. We believe that Matènwa can change the Haitian narrative from, “The poorest, most illiterate country in the Western Hemisphere” to “A country that made an amazing educational transformation through the simple act of allowing children to create their own reading materials in their own mother Tongue.”
How you can help:
We want to accelerate the rollout of our transformative approach by bringing a new cadre of teachers into the program this fall. Word has spread in other parts of the country about the positive impact brought to communities and schools adopting the Matènwa approach. Teachers are standing by to enroll in our first-year program for Mother Tongue Books success, but many poor rural teachers cannot afford the modest expense of training. With your support, we can offer scholarships for the teachers enabling them to learn the Mother Tongue Books methodology and bring it into their classrooms. We are bringing 20 new teachers into the program who in turn will bring it to 1,000 students in their schools and classrooms.