*Augustinus van der Krogt, Ph.D., is a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank’s Education Program in Haiti.
In 2013, I was hired to collaborate with the Haitian Ministry of Education on its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategy and implementation plan. Its purpose was to contribute to expanding access to primary education and improving its quality. Interestingly –very different from many other countries that I have advised – it resulted in a promising strategy that puts education first and builds on already ongoing experiences in the country.
To enhance access to education and improve its quality, Haiti chose to develop an ICT strategy and an implementation plan that is based on the following three pillars:
1) Paving the way towards active learning.
2) Developing relevant content.
3) ICT in the classroom as the finishing touch.
This blog is written by specialists from the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Its objective is to provide arguments and ideas that will spark debate about how to transform education in Latin America and the Caribbean. This blog is a call to action for the reader. An idea, a project, or a question can make a difference.
I will take this opportunity to reply briefly to the article here, based on my experiences in Haiti schools. I hope that many others will be encouraged to add their thoughts.
Key players in ICT education
van der Krogt’s article makes us ask the question: Who are the key players in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in Haiti? These players include the following:
1. Haiti’s MoE (Ministry of Education) has the overall responsibility for defining the course of ICT education. However since only a small fraction of Haiti schools are government schools, the role of MoE is more limited than might be thought. In a way, Haiti’s main school book publisher, Henri Deschamps has more influence by setting de facto curricula by its books.
2. Various NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) such as Inter-American Development Bank, Haiti Partners, Unleash Kids, and Mother Tongue books set standards for experimentation and for technology dissemination for ICT education.
3. Christian churches from the USA provide effective teaching and long term continuity, with school infrastructure. By the examples they set, they are in fact trend setters in ICT education.
These and others are key players in ICT education. Ideally, working together, they will help guide ICT education in Haiti.
Education is a complex business, and ICT is but one part of the whole.