The honor of my lifetime has been to stand alongside my sisters and brothers, my Anseye Pou Ayiti family, to ignite a movement for educational justice in Haiti. We as a people are the descendants of freedom fighters – who proved to the world in 1804 (and several times since then) what it looks like when we stand for justice. My parents instilled a deep pride in identity, history & culture. I carry that with me every day, and it is the foundation on which I took a leap of faith 5 years ago in officially launching the Anseye Pou Ayiti movement.
But I am not Anseye Pou Ayiti. As stated by the great Maya Angelou: “I come as one but stand as 10,000.” I am one face of many, the many who make up our incredible Anseye Pou Ayiti team and family. We are Anseye Pou Ayiti. We are teacher-leaders, alumni ambassadors, students, staff and board, parents, and community members. Now over 5,000 strong, we have joined forces to say that Haiti will be mighty once again. And this time, educational equity will be the rallying cry of our next cultural revolution.
My most sincere gratitude to all who stand with us – who have stood with us when this movement was just a dream. This is a generational movement, built on the foundation of Toussaint, Dessalines, Catherine Flon, Charlemagne Péralte, and so many women & men who still fight today. I am in awe of our power as a people. With collective leadership, excellence will become our norm. Anseye Pou Ayiti will contribute to changing the way the world sees Haiti – from rescue myths to radical hope, from outside in to inside out, from brain drain to education equity as a lever of social change. There is more to come and the time is now. Thank you all for standing in solidarity with us!
Anseye Pou Ayiti is working with Haitian communities to create a network of civic leaders and build an equitable education system based on shared history, values, and vision.
We recruit from within our communities, we partner with existing schools & teachers in our communities, we conduct our professional development workshops in partnership with local allies. We believe culture, customs & community point the way forward.
We invest in 5 partner communities – our proof points – to equip teachers, students, parents, school directors & allies as the civic leaders necessary to lead the movement. The classroom is our unit of execution, the community is our unit of change.
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APA is transforming the culture of teaching & learning across Haiti, including:
Haitian teacher-leaders have been recruited for the APA fellowship
qualified candidates applied for the 50 fellowship slots available in 2018
I stand with APA as a teacher-leader not only to transform the education system but also to develop citizen-leaders who are responsible and capable, evolving their own leadership for their communities and our nation.Anousse Prospère, Alumni Ambassador, 2015 Cohort
Students reached so far across 65 partner schools
average passing rate across APA teacher-leaders’ classrooms – double the rate of the national average.
The community has the solutions. Community members know what their children deserve, and they have a vision for what and who the children can become tomorrow.Bendjimy Pierre, Teacher-Leader, 2017 Cohort
of our alumni ambassadors have remained in education.
have been promoted to positions of school leadership.
As a nurse, it didn’t take long to commit to participating in the APA movement. The movement will allow children to receive their human right to a quality education, an education that allows them to develop physically, intellectually & emotionally.Dewenty Pierre Alphonse, Teacher-Leader, 2017 Cohort
Co-created mobile application to track student & teacher progress. Innovation selection for 2018 mEducation International Symposium.
Movement building in Haiti, diaspora & beyond to rally allies around education equity & social justice.
In our 5th year, we are launching cohort programming for parents & school leaders. With the community as our unit of change, we directly engage the multiple stakeholders who will together take charge of our new education ecosystem.