Education: A big challenge. A big responsibility.Rich Stigall
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. – Joseph Addison
Education is among every developing nation’s biggest challenges and greatest responsibilities. Some say education is the key to unlocking every promise of hope and future for the next generation. Universally, every parent wishes for their child to have an education. They hope through education their child’s future will be sculpted to his or her full potential. That is the gift of going to school. Education is a powerful tool that can change the world. Teachers are the change agents in the lives of children.
Three years ago, GO Project hosted our first Teacher Training with a small U.S. team of teachers and about forty Haitian educators from several of our partner schools. We discovered we had much to learn from each other. Our hope was to follow the next year with a true exchange—a valued reciprocation with both American & Haitian educators presenting and learning from one another.
Since that time our commitment to education has grown as well as our school population. Presently, GO Project is directly invested in fourteen primary schools in five countries on three continents. When considering all support GO provides to school, we are helping educate more than 6,000 students! [watch this video] With this growing opportunity there is also great responsibility. As teachers are the heart of education, our investment in their professional development is a top priority.
Recently, we had two teams of U.S. teachers from Arkansas, Kansas & Colorado travel for two Educator Exchanges in Haiti. All together, we had 98 participants hosted in two regions by Pastor Kesnel in Dargout and Pastor Issac in Marmelade. Haiti teachers came from eleven different schools to share in a four-day educator conference with Haitian & American presenters. Hosting pastors opened each day with a joy-filled time of singing and devotion followed by a full day of learning and afternoon practicum with the children.
For more information on how to invest in our Educator Exchanges please contact Marsha Campbell at Marsha@goproject.org.