Connecting students and teachers through technology.
SOPUDEP is one of the very few schools that is completely free for students.
- Poor literacy rates: A U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) early grade reading assessment revealed that roughly 75 percent of children at the end of first grade and nearly half of students finishing second grade could not read a single word. Half of the adult population is illiterate.
- Low enrollment: Primary school enrollment is roughly 75 percent; an average Haitian, 25 years or older, has less than 5 years of schooling.
- Cost: Currently, 90% of schools in Haiti are private and too expensive for most families to afford. School fees are prohibitively expensive for many families.
- Improve digital literacy rates for SOPUDEP students and teachers.
- Partner with local entrepreneurs to install computer hardware and software, routers, and networking equipment across the new school campus.
- Build capacities of teachers and administrators in technology
In the hills of the Port-au-Prince suburb of Pétion-Ville, SOPUDEP’s first school, Institution Mixde de SOPUDEP, currently resides on the land of a once burned down mansion. Leased since 2002, permanent occupancy without the threat of eviction has not been a viable option for the 760 students and 70 teachers. This continued uncertainty and stress around illegal evictions of the land motived Réa Dol, director and founder of SOPUDEP, a Haitian-led grass roots organization, to buy a permanent piece of land for the new school.
Since early 2010, the campus was constructed by brick by brick (heavy machinery is not easily accessible in Haiti) and room by room. Much of the funding came from The Haiti Solidarity Club, founded by students from Northern California's Los Altos High School, and now SOPUDEP's sister school and private donors.
The building will be used as a rental space for various community activities including, trainings, computer labs, professional studies courses (which already exists at their other location), seminars, summer camps, concerts, conferences, an official National Exam location, and so on… In this way, SOPUDEP and their building becomes familiar and accessible to the community.
With your donations and other sources of income in place, SOPUDEP will continue to push progressive social boundaries in education. It will still first and foremost be a quality educational facility, but it will also represent a change in the tide of Haiti’s ability to become self-reliant.