Pictured: 6th grade class in Luly
Have you ever wondered what a typical school day looks like in Haiti? Are you curious what your sponsored student is learning? Would you like to know what their classroom looks like and how many other students are in their class?
The photo above shows a portion of our 6th grade class at the World Wide Village school in Luly. They say that a photo speaks a thousand words and it’s so true. There is so much you can learn about your sponsored student from this simple photo.
- All students in Haiti wear school uniforms. Students at each grade level wear different types and colors of uniform. This is a long-standing tradition for schools in Haiti. The students look so sharp in their neatly pressed uniforms!
- The classroom buildings are made with concrete – very typical for buildings in Haiti. There are no actual windows, but the classrooms do have window vents. These vents are terrific for air flow, but also allow dust in during the dry seasons.
- Unlike schools in the U.S., there is a wide range of ages in each classroom. The 6th grade class in Luly has students ranging in age from 12-21. This wide age range is due to the inability of many families in Haiti to send their children to school full-time without the help of sponsorship. Many children will attend school one year, but stay home the following year while their family saves enough money to pay tuition for the next school year. We value those students who have persevered in continuing in school even with these financial difficulties, but how much better to be blessed with a sponsorship and be able to continue in school regardless of family financial stability! You can read more on a recent study by the World Bank on the benefits of sponsorship HERE.
Pictured: 7th grade class in Luly taking a break
- What are the students learning? The curriculum for the students in Haiti is similar to the U.S. The students learn math and reading, geography and history, social studies and science. By third grade the students are learning both Creole and French. Creole is the language spoken by the entire population of Haiti. French is only spoken by about 42% of Haitians – normally the highest educated – but it is the language used in business and politics in Haiti, so is taught in many of the schools.
Pictured: 9th grade class in Luly
- Each school day in Haiti begins with a flag ceremony. The Haitian flag is a symbol of pride for the Haitians and they celebrate their country with the raising of the flag each morning. The students are also led in daily prayers and receive Christian education.
Pictured: The school yard where children have recess
- The students also enjoy recess – a time to stretch their legs in between classes. Similar to recess in the United States, the younger students play tag while the older students meet up to talk with friends. Many of the children congregate in the shade during breaks. Haiti can be scorchingly hot some months!
Pictured: 8th grade students
The 9th-10th grade students in Luly are studying physiology, trigonometry, Haitian literature and geology. Also, the 9th graders now have a class on technology! Students are learning to use laptops and other forms of technology as it becomes more available in Haiti.
There are currently 40 students in 6th-10th grade in Luly. Thanks to you, these children are learning and growing in the World Wide Village school. We can’t tell you enough what a difference your sponsorship is making in the life of your student. For many of these kids it’s the difference between having the opportunity for an education and a brighter future or being stuck in a cycle of illiteracy and poverty. THANK YOU.
Pictured: 10th grade class in Luly
As you’re praying for your own sponsored student, please also pray for students who do not yet have a sponsor. Would you consider taking just a moment to share this opportunity with friends and family or share on Facebook? Ultimately our desire is to have every student sponsored. Could you help us reach this goal? Thank you again for giving selflessly for these children. We really do appreciate your faithfulness in giving and so does your student…probably more than you know…