Annual Report 2019

5 Years of Civic
Leadership in

Nedgine Paul Deroly

A letter from Nedgine Paul Deroly

Co-Founder & CEO

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!

2020 Goal

Equip 20,000 civic leaders for the 4 million children of Ayiti.

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.


Community at the Center

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.

Scale as Depth

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.

Partner Schools 14
Teacher-Leaders & Alumni Ambassadors 27
Partner Schools 26
Teacher-Leaders & Alumni Ambassadors 57
Partner Schools 4
Teacher-Leaders & Alumni Ambassadors 11
Boucan Carré
Partner Schools 2
Teacher-Leaders & Alumni Ambassadors 5
Partner Schools 19
Teacher-Leaders & Alumni Ambassadors 54

Teaching Transformed

APA is transforming the culture of teaching & learning across Haiti, including:

  • integration of Haitian Kreyòl (mother tongue) into instructional practice,
  • an emphasis on student comprehension & critical thinking instead of memorization,
  • collaborative group work among students for deeper understanding of content,
  • ongoing data analysis to ensure positive student outcomes,
  • making learning relevant – linking subjects to reality of the community and equipping students as civic leaders.


Our numbers show the movement across recruitment , school partnerships and alumni leadership



Haitian teacher-leaders have been recruited for the APA fellowship


qualified candidates applied for the 50 fellowship slots available in 2018

Cumulative Growth in Total Applicants
2015 - 2019
238 680 1375 2314 2967
Anousse Prospère

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

School Partnerships


Students reached so far across 65 partner schools


average passing rate across APA teacher-leaders’ classrooms – double the rate of the national average.

Total School Partnerships
15 33 46 65 80
Bendjimy Pierre

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

Teacher & Alumni Leadership


of our alumni ambassadors have remained in education.


have been promoted to positions of school leadership.

Cumulative Growth of Teacher-Leaders & Alumni Ambassadors
208 155 105 65 30
Dewenty Pierre Alphonse

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
More in the works!

Mobile Data Application

Co-created mobile application to track student & teacher progress. Innovation selection for 2018 mEducation International Symposium.

Movement Building Activities

Movement building in Haiti, diaspora & beyond to rally allies around education equity & social justice.

The classroom is the unit of execution, and the community is the unit of change. APA is rooted in appreciating the assets of culture, customs, and community, and redefining leadership as being rooted in collective action.

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A true education includes identity, history, and healing….Anseye Pou Ayiti is blending cultural tradition with new classroom techniques to close the education gap in Haiti.

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Anseye Pou Ayiti chosen by Echoing Green as a global social innovation.

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Forbes magazine recognized Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach For Haiti) CEO, Nedgine Paul, in its annual 30 Under 30 list of young professionals

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  • Obama Foundation
  • Attn
  • Echoing Green
  • Forbes

Looking Forward

Deepening our commitment to investing in a network of local civic leaders

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.

By 2025, we will reach

civic leaders

Special thanks to the APA staff!

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