Haiti - Education : Modernisation of vocational training
Professors of the mission "Jules Verne" since August 2010 have ensured all the logistics of the program as well as the coordination of interventions in Haiti, the central of Aide et Action in Paris, taking care to raise funds and a support to companies and institutional partners.
After one year [2010-2011] which allowed a thorough analysis of the building trades in Haiti, of training facilities and of the most of the vocational training centers recognized by the INFP, a reprioritisation of the project was made in anticipation of the possibility of creating in Haiti a resource center of excellence for the building trades.
Meanwhile, specialists of the INFP conduct an overhaul of curricula and certification procedures to ensure that people and businesses can make use of well trained and skilled craftsmen. It is in this spirit that the INFP is currently testing, in two vocational training centers in the metropolitan area, renovated and refocused curricula that allow first, that young apprentices motivated can obtain a Certificate of Professional Skills (CAP) in four months [500 hours of training] and secondly, that businesses or individuals, can rely on young well-trained, having already been able to practice their trade in school and who have had regular tests.
On 25 June 2012, Ms. Marina Gourgue, the Secretary of State for Vocational Training, godmother of the first three promotions of apprentices, will present the diplomas of State to 58 young people who have passed the examinations. They will also receive from the representative of French Ministry of Education, a training certificate validated by all program partners. Mr. Jean-Paul Créantor, the teacher of electrical engineering, will present moreover to the electricians, a training certificate of the company Schneider Electric which validated the curriculum and assessment : one specific feature of this training is indeed to combine theoretical work in the classroom and practice in workshop or on field, and to practice the continuous monitoring with two exams during training and a final exam.
The Professors "Jules Verne" and their Haitian colleagues, are particularly pleased to have managed to interest several Haitian businesses (construction companies and suppliers) to these courses : Deatrel, Promobois (Rouzier), Poitevien, LCI, Alliance Distribution, Batimat, Ekodepot, Eccomar, Saint Eloi, Berelec. These companies have agreed to make an intervention before the young the Saturday or giving work to be done to apprentices as part of their training. Three of them, the companies Berelec, Eccomar and Poitevien will welcome in internship few graduates from the month of July. This recognition by Haitian professionals of the quality of innovative training set up by the INFP is a decisive step towards a partnership between school/enterprise win-win and has been a source of great pride for the Haitian teachers of Vocational Training Centres of Carrefour and of Varreux and for the young people in training, valued by the attention they receive from these specialists.
Several companies, public and parapublic organizations, companies and NGOs are also interested in this program particularly creative and inclusive and some have even brought co-funding : ADEME, Agency for Environment and energy management based in Paris the association "Liège aide à Haïti", "Entrepreneurs sans frontières", "Première urgence", "Library Without Borders", FIDESCO, APEFE, Water for All, DIGICEL, Energy Without Borders, and several donors such as IDB, UNESCO, the Swiss and the Spanish Cooperation. The "Jules Verne" will soon install in a center rebuilt by the IDB in Gonaïves an Electrotechnical workshop whose teaching equipment will have been fabricated by apprentices of Carrefour.
The objective of the two Ministries is to be able o inject rapidly each year on the labor market, citizens respectful of the standards, well trained, who can participate with dedication and competence, to the reconstruction of the country and quickly become economically independent.
The French Ministry of National Education who signed in May 2012, a partnership of five years renewable with the MENFP hopes to contribute significantly, by a peer to peer support, to the rebuilding of Haiti's educational system and of curricula in vocational training. This partnership based of professional relations of confidence, aims to support the inspectors, school heads and teachers who want to improve the quality of training they give to young Haitians and train generations of responsible citizens, capable and proud to contribute to the development of their country.
Next year two new workshops will be operational which will train nearly 400 young people in three departments (West, North East and Artibonite) and new workshops will be installed in 2013 in five centers built by INFP, with Haitian funds.
The President Michel Martelly inaugurated on June 23, the first two workshops rehabilitated and equipped under this program Franco-Haitian and expressed satisfaction t the good results, validated by the INFP. He wished a strengthening of system established by the French Ministry of Education, within the Haitian Ministry.