And an idea germinated…
It all started with a bold idea…
In September 2013, representatives of key organizations working on education in Haiti were convened by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to brainstorm the idea of a strategy to help improve access and quality of Haiti’s educational system.
The need to create a model by establishing a collaborative to complement one another’s expertise was discussed. In particular, school representatives recognized that success would require the coordination of efforts in a “Collective Impact” approach.
To ensure cohesiveness and effectiveness, it was determined that strategic interventions should be structured around stable organizations with established school networks, and knowledgeable of the challenges involved.
Three networks answered to the call : EFACAP-Mirebalais, BDE-Hinche and Summits Education , and the Model School Network was born.
Over the years, the initiative has grown in an ‘organic’ fashion, relying largely on the voluntary participation of stakeholders, and the support of 2 major incubator partners: the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for funding and InnovED-UniQ as a fiscal agent, both providing the MSN with key technical support giving it legs onto the future .
The Model School Network is a living entity.
We proud ourselves in presenting the Model School Network as an initiative carried out first and foremost by those directly concerned by Quality Education: School Networks themselves. In other words, the initiative will go on as long as the Educators and families continue to give it life.
Driven by School Networks, we come together as a 360-coalition of cross sectoral partnerships with representatives from all walks, to unlock sustainable solutions for holistic child wellbeing.
The bet we make:
Children have a unique talent: to make everything simple — from the reason to believe in happiness to the pursuit of our boldest dream. In order to pursue our mission, we also follow a simple precept: as long as we all come together, and commit to helping one another look in all the right directions, we will find all the answers.
Equipped with this wisdom, we have made research a cornerstone of all our endeavors in the form of multi-layered longitudinal studies.
Together, we ambition to crack the code of holistic child wellbeing through child-centered community development, and driven by a strong network of Quality Education institutions.
Why Haiti’s Central department?
Haitian Children have long faced some of the most dire living conditions, while seriously being deprived from Quality Education opportunities.
The many challenges to pursue our mission call for transformations of systemic import.
Lessons from decades of weak to moderate success in Quality Education endeavors have taught us that lasting change can be leveraged only if the right level of support is sustained over long enough periods of time in order to gradually induce a continuum of self-sustained progress.
Keeping a region-wide focus in the Central Plateau is an opportunity to gather resources at a systemic scale through a strategic approach, while avoiding scattered interventions which result in inefficiency and inconclusive lessons.
With one of Haiti’s lowest rates in academic performance, the Central Plateau bears the symptomatic challenges which the Haitian educational system is faced with. By finding the right solutions in this context, we hope to create a model that will be replicable anywhere in Haiti.
Cassandre Regnier President, Model School Network