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I have been an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My M.Ed. and Ph.D. had a focus on the educational and linguistic experiences of children who moved from other countries to Canada.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cap Haitien Educational Research Network Trip Outcomes

The final day in Haiti started with Save the Children, one of the largest NGOs in the world with a focus on the rights of children. They are very active in Haiti and have been the co-lead with UNICEF in rebuilding the educator sector. We discussed ways we may be able to work together in the future.

The trip home has largely been uneventful with most of my time taken in writing up reports on the trip for various departments at WLU (e.g. research, education, global engagement). I also started the application process for the different government grants we will be applying for. 

As this trip wraps up, here are key highlights and next steps.


  • partnership agreements with the North Department Ministry of Education and the Public University of the North
  • visiting multiple schools in Cap-Haitien
  • exploring various logistical aspects (accommodations, health facilities, banking)
  • meeting people "on the ground" who are engaged in good work
  • meetings with the Cdn embassy staff and Dr. Berg Hyacinthe from the Haiti Prime Minister’s office 
  • through all these, sensing the interest and commitment to educational improvement in the North Department

Key Next Steps:

  • grant applications completed (Cdn Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)
  • concept papers developed around multiple project possibilities
  • strengthening the partnerships and engaging in training and research starting already in the next 6 months

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