dePaul University is sponsoring a Virtual Visit to Choix, Haiti’s School of Choice. The primary purpose of ‘A Virtual Visit to Choix’ is to raise funds for our operating budget for 2012-2013 and to cement our long-term sustainability.
Highlights of the Evening …
A buzz-filled evening offering a peek inside the School of Choice, through minute-video stations, student profiles, Caribbean-inspired hors d’oeuvres, and an exceptional silent auction. Immerse yourself in student artwork, then immerse yourself for real in our Haiti photo booth – more surprises await!
October 20 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Francis W. Parker School 330 W. Webster St.
L’Ecole de Choix is anchored by the principle that a quality education provides individuals with the fundamental tools to affirm individual dignity through the choices they make. Choice and autonomy grant us our dignity; and it is that dignity that assures each of us the very heart of our humanity, both in the way we are responsible for ourselves, as well as for the communities in which we live. It is in this way that education becomes the pathway to our humanity.
L’Ecole de Choix is managed by the School of Choice Education Organization, an Illinois non-profit corporation established after incubation by FATEM (Foundation for the Technological and Economic Advancement of Mirebalais), a Boston, Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. FATEM was originally founded by a group of former students who attended school in the town of Mirebalais (Haiti), who sought to bring education and information technology to the people in that region, and help the economic advancement of their hometown community.
Haiti, and l’École de Choix in particular, offer the exceptional opportunity to have a significant impact on both the Haitian culture and its economy. Haiti is ripe with opportunity, as well as urgency.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 80% of Haitians living below the poverty line before the January 12, 2010 earthquake, and more than half living in extreme poverty. Now, conditions are worse. The earthquake left approximately 3 million Haitians in need of humanitarian relief and there is an even higher social demand for education. Haiti is a relatively small country (just over 9 million); so any contributions today are relevant and significant. Yet, prior to the earthquake, Haiti was on the cusp of an economic upswing, registering positive growth since 2005.
Our educational program seeks to prepare students to be socially responsible leaders for tomorrow. K-12 academic track has an emphasis on language proficiency in English, French and Creole in all grades, technology instruction, teacher training and curriculum coordination (partners Nova Southeastern University, DePaul University and Francis W. Parker School).
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