Haiti’s Educators Push to Bring Creole to the Forefront
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This Associated Press article focuses on the sense of empowerment and other benefits students in Haiti receive by getting a thorough education through a Creole language-based curriculum rather than learning by rote in French. They are also being introduced to Spanish and English at an early age. Here are excerpts:
The students don’t speak much French at the school, although it remains the primary language of instruction in most Haitian classrooms. In fact, less than 10 percent of the country’s 10 million people speak French fluently, and in most schools, even the teachers don’t understand it very well although they’re asked to teach in it. The private Louverture Cleary School has already broken from that linguistic tradition and is instead emphasizing the Haitian Creole children speak at home. The school is also introducing students to Spanish from other parts of the Caribbean and the English they will likely need in the future.
"It is a practical issue," said Deacon Patrick Moynihan about the….. [FULL article HERE]
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