A Creole Solution for Haiti’s Woes
By Michel DeGraff and Molly Ruggles
Published: August 1, 2014
“In a classroom in Port-au-Prince, Chantou, 9, sits silently at her desk. Nervously watching the teacher, she hopes to be invisible. Like most of her 60 classmates, she understands little of the French from the lecture. But if her memorized lesson is not recited with perfect pronunciation and grammar, she may be ridiculed or punished by her teacher.
In a classroom on La Gonâve island, two 9-year-olds, Kelson and Dieuricame, hover over a computer, excitedly playing a math game. Chatting away in their native Haitian Creole (spelled Kreyòl in Haiti), they experiment together and solve problems. When the teacher announces the end of class, they ask, “May we come back later for more?””
What does this contrast show us?
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How Will Haiti Reckon with the Duvalier Years?
By Laurent Dubois
Published: October 6, 2014
Jean-Claude Duvalier, or Baby Doc, died October 4, 2014 before he was able to be tried for his crimes against human rights. Because of this, Dubois asks the question of how Haiti will reckon with those years under the Duvaliers? In looking at this question, Dubois delves into the history of the Duvalier regime and what exactly was happening during those years. In order to reckon with the Duvalier Years, Haiti has to openly look back at them, talk about them, and acknowledge what happened. Yet the question is, will Haiti be able to do this?
Haiti Can Be Rich Again
by Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jenson
Published: January 8, 2012
“Haiti wasn’t always the ‘poorest country in the western hemisphere,'” Dubois and Jenson begin in “Haiti Can Be Rich Again,” which looks at Haiti’s history in order to look forward to the future of Haiti and the next steps that Dubois and Jenson believe to be best in alleviating Haiti’s poverty, among other things.