Sending Children’s Books to Haiti and Other “Helpful” Dilemmas


Photo by Mike

….It is my opinion that now more than ever, us well-off, charitable outsiders need to make a strenuous effort to understand Haitian needs, values and cultural ways of life, from a Haitian perspective, and to help make sure those needs, values, literacies and cultural practices don’t also get lost in the rubble. Like many people, I believe the current situation in Haiti provides an opportunity for rethinking education in that country, and it is my hope that that the education system that emerges in Haiti will be one that is more culturally relevant, authentic, child-centered, liberating, humanistic and permeable to Haitian’s children’s worlds.

Otherwise, Haitian education, Haitian children’s literature, and perhaps Haiti itself, is in danger of being colonized all over again.

Read more: http://summeredward.blogspot.com/2010/09/sending-childrens-books-to-haiti-and.html

Advertisements

About fromourisland

Gardener, knitter, wife, mother of 2, grandmother, and lots more.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s