And an idea germinated…
It all started with a bold idea…
In the year 20, representatives from key organizations working on education in Haiti were convened by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to brainstorm together on the idea for a strategy to help improve access and quality of the education system in Haiti. The need to create a model by establishing a collaborative to complement one another’s expertise was discussed. In particular, Stakeholders recognized that success would elude them unless efforts would be coordinated in a “Collective Impact” approach.
In order to ensure cohesiveness and efforts effectiveness, it was determined that strategic interventions should be structured around stable organizations with established school networks, and knowledgeable of the challenges involved.
From that point on, the Model School Network has continued to grow in an ‘organic’ fashion, largely relying on the voluntary participation of the partners involved. Financial and technical assistance has been offered on a as-needed basis, until the opportunity came to formalize the initiative through the hosting of InnovED-UniQ.
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. For this reason, the initiative also has no “expiration date”.
Driven by School Networks, we come together as a coalition of 360-sectoral partnerships and representatives from all walks, to unlock sustainable solutions for holistic child wellbeing.
The bet we make:
Children have a unique talent — they make everything simple: from the reason to believe in happiness, to the pursuit of our boldest dream. In order to pursue our mission, we 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 the answers.
Equipped with this wisdom, we have made research a core principle of all our endeavors in the form of multi-layered longitudinal studies, and with the hope to crack the code of human flourishing though child-centered sustainable community development driven by the power of an Educational system of Quality.
Why Haiti’s Central department?
Haitian children have long been faced with some of the most dire living conditions, while seriously deprived from Quality Education opportunities. The many challenges call for transformations of systemic import. Lessons from decades of weak to moderate success in the field of Quality Education has 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 induce a dynamic of self-sustainability. Keeping a region-wide focus is an opportunity to gather resources at a systemic scale through a strategic approach, all while avoiding ineffective scattering. With one of Haiti’s lowest rates in academic performance, the Central Plateau bears all the symptomatic challenges faced by the Haitian educational system. By finding the right solutions in this context, we hope to create a model that will be replicable anywhere in Haiti.