“We work alongside children, teachers, staff and parents. They are trained to understand that children are individuals with rights. This assures the self-esteem of the children. They need us to trust them and to accompany them to look for information that allows them to build knowledge. That’s the work we do – developing children’s capacities,” said Mr Myrtil.
In Santo, a town near Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, more than 300 children aged 6 to 15 attend a community school opened by SOS Children’s Villages. Photo: Danielle Pereira
According to Mr Raymond, schooling is the answer – the means to escape poverty and deprivation – for children living in remote areas. For this reason SOS Children’s Villages Haiti offers literacy-training programmes through rural community centres.
In a small rural province near Les Cayes, Haiti, the SOS Children's Villages community centre provides children from the area their first opportunity to go to school and overcome generations of illiteracy. Photo: Danielle Pereira