From March 22-23, we had a wonderful training for the HCM schools’ teachers. The HCM director of Education and other HCM staff have been really motivated in putting their hands together to make this event happen. The conference had a great turnout with 146 participants. Because of the contribution of the donors, we were able to provides three meals a day for all the participants.
Usually, we have teacher training seminars for the elementary and middle school teachers, but we do not often have training for the preschool teachers. This year, we had training sessions for all the teachers. The preschool teachers were so happy to attend the conference. They testified that they learned many things about how to teach that they did not know before. They asked us to continue to organize training of this kind for them so that they can better teach the kids. In general, all the participants were thrilled to learn new stuff. They were very receptive and studious. They even said they are better now than before as a result of the training.
The sessions for the elementary and middle school teachers covered topics including general pedagogy, psychology of learning, school hygiene and how to maintain a healthy environment in our schools, and how to teach oral French, reading, and social sciences. The preschool teachers were trained on pedagogical sequences and preschool pedagogy.
We have also developed a partnership with the Haitian Department of Education. The majority of the trainers were state inspectors as well as some HCM staff. This partnership is very good for us and it can help us get accreditation quicker for some of our schools that are not yet accredited.
We would like to thank all our donors that contributed financially to help make the training conference possible. Without your support, this event would not have been possible. Your support was not wasted, and the participants learned many things. Seeing the success of this teacher training event, our next goal is to hold a training session for the school directors. It will be focusing on school administration and leadership, pedagogical supervision, and school projects.
Again, we thank you all for making this happen. It was a blessing for the teachers and for HCM as well.
May God bless you all!