Recently, LIDE's Education Coordinator Isabelle Joseph spoke about her thesis paper for her graduate studies, which deals with improving the teaching method for primary school in Haiti, specifically in the first cycle (1st grade to 3rd grade). She believes moving from a lecture-memorization-testing structure to a more critical-thinking, problem-solving method would help students to not only understand the information they learn but to interact with the learning. Isabelle believes teachers should speak less in the classroom, helping the students know what the lesson is about and then assist them as they learn about the subject through group projects, newspapers and media, problem solving, and more. She suggests that students should also research topics within their own communities and families, to gain a deeper understanding of how the subjects affect their world.
We are grateful for the passion and commitment of all of our LIDE teachers and staff. Thank you, Isabelle, for sharing your vision with us!