Language is the Key to the World
It is often said that to know another language is to hold the key to wisdom and the world.
Students in the Secondary school at Pwoje Espwa have the opportunity to expand their minds and future job opportunities through language classes. Our curriculum offers instruction in four different languages: Spanish, English, French and Haitian Creole.
To offer more opportunities of learning a language in our after-school program, staff members who specialize in certain language offer tutoring and extra classes in English.
Expanding language develops stronger minds.
Compared to other Latin American and Caribbean developing countries, Haiti has a very low literacy rate. About 61% of Haiti’s population is literate, compared to the 92% average for Latin American and Caribbean countries (CIA Factbook 2015).
Formally learning a language in school is critical for cognitive development in children. It is shown that people who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask and better listening skills. Not only is learning languages opening cross-cultural communication for students, but it develops stronger minds!
By teaching students multiple languages, we encourage critical thinking and developmental growth, and hope to give them the key to active, valuable participation in the wider job market.
Your support is needed to continue our education and after-school programs! Education will be the key to these children’s success.