Third Phase: TEACHER TRAINING
Moving forward: Training, Mentoring, Transformation and Support
AMURT-Haiti Teacher Training Institute
Building upon the success of earlier educational initiatives, in October 2009, a select group of individuals from Haiti and
abroad including educators, community organizers, local leaders and committed activists, came together to strategize on
how to best move forward in our next phase of the AMURT-Haiti Education Project. As a team, we agreed that the most
critical requirement for a prosperous Haiti is providing quality education for its children. We firmly believe that Haiti
can achieve prosperity if this fundamental need is met. We recognized that teacher training is the most pressing need
facing Haiti’s schools. With a commitment to improving the quality of Haiti’s teachers and fostering the empowerment
of Haiti’s children, we formed the AMURT-Haiti Teacher Training Institute. We defined the mission of the Institute as
Our mission derives from the belief that an education that honors and develops the body, mind and
spirit of every child is a basic human right.
We seek to promote a progressive education that cultivates universal love, a commitment to
service and intellectual freedom.
To fulfill this mission, we develop curriculum, provide teacher training and establish model schools
A guiding principle of the AMURT-Haiti Teacher Training
Institute is to “train the trainer.” We focus our efforts on
empowering Haitian educators to take the lead in preparing and
implementing all trainings and curricula. All teacher trainings
are given in Haitian Creole and adapted to the needs of Haitian
culture and society.
Although the NeoHumanist educational philosophy provides a
firm foundation, our curriculum is also aligned to the Ministry of
Education guidelines, ensuring that students are prepared to pass
the national exams, enter university and are fully prepared to
succeed and excel.
Collaboration and team teaching
Since its formation in October 2009, the Institute has
enlisted and trained a 5 member team of Haitian
educators as full time staff. This team has already
implemented a series of trainings that have been given
to over 150 Haitian teachers from 15 different schools.
Some of their accomplishments to date, as well as plans
for the future are outlined in the pages that follow.
Community organizer Obencian Louis and teacher/doctorate candidate
Jean Guerson Sanon are two members of our teacher training team