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Donation of Creole-Language Books to Shalom des Fréres School

November 10, 2011
Vice Consul Neil DiBiase distributing books to students (DOS)

Vice Consul Neil DiBiase distributing books to students (DOS)

U.S. Embassy Port au Prince donated more than 200 Creole-language books to the Ecole Shalom des Freres on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011. The school, which is managed by the Haitian-American Caucus and supported by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, runs an adult literacy program for over 90 adults. The school itself also boasts 100 grade-school children. The books will be used for both sets of learners, adults and children, as they progress through their respective programs. Vice Consuls Neil DiBiase and Ajani Husbands delivered the books and gave remarks in Creole commending the adults on their self-determination towards achieving literacy.

The school director, Samuel Darguin, led a tour of the school, showing the Embassy staff the impressive husbandry program as well as demonstrating the capabilities from the school's recent partnership with One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), which allows the students to connect to the internet in meaningful ways. The director demonstrated how the books donated by the U.S. Embassy can be used with the OLPC program to enhance the learning experience for the students, making it easier for them to retain the information. At the end of the event, the director stated "the partnership demonstrates exactly what we've been looking for in Croix-des-Bouquets."  The U.S. Embassy commends all schools for their continued efforts in educating the future leaders of Haiti and are proud to assist them along the way.