Project HOPE Art offers a studio environment where students can learn to express themselves in a multitude of languages using analog tools like tablets and art supplies. We’re big fans of storytelling, wheatpasting and sharing childhood books in the form of community posters. We find that technology and literacy ought to go hand in hand to lead children towards future successes.
DIGITAL LITERACY FOR 2ND GRADERS
THE ART + LITERACY LAB
What exactly can a Raspberry Pi accessorized with an SD card + WiFi dongle, 12 Amazon Fire Tablets, a Library For All hub and $400 accomplish? These tools are providing lift-off to our digital literacy program. Stay tuned for educational progress reports, Live from Haiti!
Project HOPE Art offers a studio environment where students can learn to express themselves in a multitude of languages with an array of tools. With Literacy Rates on the Rise in Haiti, thanks to the decision to socialize schooling for K-8 in Haiti, the need for Technological Literacy is essential to complete integration into a modern global society.
PHA has partnered with Library for All on the ground in Haiti for a pilot program for 2nd Graders in Cite Soleil.
“We are unlocking knowledge in the developing world with our digital library of quality, locally relevant ebooks.”
HAITI: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WISE ELDERS
FACT: The life expectancy for Haiti is low 50 years for men and 53 years for women.
FACT: Only 53% of Haitians can read and write
FACT: Only about 40% of school-aged children attend school regularly
FACT: Only about 10% of all Haitian children enrolled in elementary school go on to a high school
An upcoming workshop spearheaded by Esnold Jure with his fellow faculty members (Winter, Gueldy, and Lisane) will conduct an eight week project for forty-six students. The objective over the eight weeks will be to encourage the Haitian youth to reach out to the elders of their community. Through the process of photographic documentation and interviews, students will help these Wise Elders preserve their memories, reflect on their accomplishments, and share their voices.
Public speaking/ Presentations
Workshop Budget breakdown
Tuition per student: $25 (Tuition for 46 students: $1,150)
Salary per teacher: $100 (Salary for 4 teachers: $400)
Education for our youth: PRICELESS
ART AND LITERACY GO HAND IN HAND
Here at HOPE Art we like to use the universal language of art to solve real problems. It was our pleasure to unveil this new literacy program during our January 2012 trip to Haiti. The basic gist? Bring books in French and read them to children. From there we compose art projects around the main characters, main ideas and main themes of the book.
It was my personal joy to bestow one of my all-time favorites, Ramona the Pest, onto a group of 6 girls. I left the book with the young ladies on a sunny afternoon. When I returned two days later they had all read the book and were excitedly jumping all over me screaming “Wah-Mona!”
When I return to Haiti in April I will be bringing the next Ramona installment to them.
In 1982, illiteracy rates hovered at about 60%. And it was even higher in rural areas.
As of 2012, just a smidge more than 50% of the population can read.
It is our job to make reading fun by throwing color, texture and silly voices into the mix. Wherever we go we want to leave a trail of books for children to read and enjoy.
These posters are part of Project Hope Art’s Renegade Storytelling Project, bringing popular children’s stories to life for the people of Haiti in schools and streets. High resolution images are downloadable for a $5 donation. Click here.
For our first foray, we’ve rounded up 15 young girls from a variety of neighborhoods, backgrounds, education levels and ages to come together and learn a skill that will help them mature into smart young ladies. The class is structured for girls and will be taught by Bengie, a woman instructor from the English in Mind Institute.
Our english class will run from August 17th through March 17th, on Saturdays at the Project HOPE Art Center. For the finale of the class, each young girl will stand on our performance art stage and recite a poem in English.
The young ladies in the class range across five neighborhoods and span educational, income and resource levels. They are 11 to 22 years old. All incredibly motivated to learn English.
Meet our Students! Click Here