Did you know only 60 percent of Haitians have the opportunity to attend primary school, and of those, only 20 percent go on to high school? Through a local digital literacy training program, Intel is helping give people in Haiti the skills they need to compete in today's innovation economy.
At age 20, Nancy Jean-Pierre does not have a high school diploma, but that is not unusual in Haiti. More than 90 percent of the schools in the small island nation are run privately, and most families cannot afford the cost. Fewer than half of the 70,000 teachers in Haiti are actually qualified to teach those who do go to school. Add in the devastating destruction to more than half of the country’s schools in the January 2010 earthquake, and it is easy to see why the state of education in Haiti is dismal.
Intel is working to give people like Nancy hope for their future. She was one of the first to sign up when the Intel Foundation-funded Digital Literacy for Haiti Rebuilding (DLHR) computer training program came to her rural town of Dessalines. Nonprofits Inveneo and NetHope began launching the program in 25 locations across Haiti in the spring of 2012, and hundreds of people have already attended the training.
DLHR offers many participants their first experience touching a computer. It is not uncommon for attendees to walk for several hours to attend DLHR courses, which cover computer fundamentals (mouse, keyboard, and so forth) and the basics of word processing, e-mail, and the Internet. Through DLHR, farmers and businesswomen are discovering better ways to do their jobs. Others are finding paths to information technology careers by attending advanced training modules and becoming community IT instructors themselves, helping ensure program sustainability.
Nancy is now an assistant in the DLHR program, teaching computer skills to other community members and helping manage the program’s lab at a local school. She also uses her new word processing skills to earn income by preparing documents for others. “I would have lost a big part of my life if I had missed this course,” she says. “I will continue to learn computers and help others who do not know. That will be my profession.”
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