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About the project

Anis Zunuzi continues to prioritize providing students with a good academic education that is in line with the Haitian Ministry of Education, and a strong moral education that fosters individual and community transformation. These complementary educational efforts support the education of girls and boys in a manner which supports both material and spiritual prosperity for the individual, their families and communities. Unlike many schools in Haiti, Anis Zunuzi unwaveringly promotes a violence-free environment of learning. The school continues to see a high passing rate of state exams. The 9th grade exam was passed by 91% of Anis Zunuzi 9th graders. 

How we help

Even when they were little boys, brothers Anderson and Donovard dreamed of becoming great people who could be useful to their community. But they worried that their economic situation would prevent them from attaining their goal. Their father, a police officer, was tragically killed and though their mother did her best to keep the family afloat, she got ill and could no longer afford to send the boys to school.

A friend took the family to Anis Zunuzi Baha'i School and after a review of their circumstances the boys were offered a Mona Foundation scholarship.  They entered Zunuzi in grades 4 and 5. Now, they are about to finish high school and will be entering university. Anderson plans to be an administrator and Donovard, a doctor.

Community Service and Sustained Growth through the Agency of Participants

There are currently 9 children’s classes with 150 children in attendance, 7 junior youth groups working with 44 junior youth functioning in the countryside around the school. These activities serve to strengthen community life by teaching principles that promote unity and love as well as preparing the youth for service projects which are of benefit to their own community.

These efforts are completed through the moral education program of Anis Zunuzi and empower both participants and facilitators to engage with their peers and their communities in meaningful and sustainable activities. Such efforts are critical for individuals and communities around the world; in Haiti it is an exceptional process which moves away from the concept that development and aid equates passive recipiency. At Anis Zunuzi, growth is sustainable and engages with beneficiaries who are active in their own agency - and this process is in large part due to both local leadership and the moral education program which stimulates individual growth and service from within the community.

Teacher Training to Improve the Quality of Teaching and Learning

In January 2018, the Conseil and Administrative Committee invited CAFT - a local organization dedicated to teacher training - to conduct a two-day visit at Anis Zunuzi to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the teachers and teaching environment at the kindergarten and primary classes. The goal was to identify what is happening, give the teachers support in areas where they would like to advance and reflect on how to add to their current strengths.

Components of the Assessment:

What was done

Where/with whom

Structured class observations by Teacher Trainers

Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6,

Individual dialogue with Teacher Trainers

All primary teachers

4 Focus groups

Parents of Grade 6 Students;

Grades 6 students;

Primary Teachers;

People in charge

Evaluation of Creole & French reading and oral comprehension skills

Grade 2 students

Evaluation of Creole & French writing skills

Grade 2 students

Assessment of the presence of textbooks

Grade 2 students

Assessment of schooling pathways

Grade 5 students;

Parents of Grade 6 students

Individual interviews

Parents of Grade 6 students;

Primary Teachers

Observation & survey

Kindergarten classes

The evaluation conducted by CAFT will assist Anis Zunuzi in determining the effects of this teacher training and professional development on the teachers and classroom environment, and to determine additional needs for training and support.

In addition to the teacher trainings mentioned above, the kindergarten teachers and the grade 1 and 2 teachers participated in a week-long refresher course from the Peter Hesse Foundation, the organization training teachers in the Montessori method.

Lastly, the Schools Board engaged CAFT to conduct a multifaceted evaluation of the Anis Zunuzi Bahá’í School. This included classroom observations for each primary grade followed by individual consultations to assist every teacher to reflect on his or her strengths and areas needing development and to make a plan for the next three months. The evaluation also included tests in reading, writing and oral comprehension in both French and Creole for all 2nd grade students. Separate focus groups were held with 6th grade students, teachers, parents of 6th grade students, and members of the Administrative Committee. There were also structured interviews with individual teachers and parents of 6th grade students. A survey was completed to determine the actual schooling pathway of all 5th grade students to examine whether there are students having difficulty to progress in their schooling each academic year. There was a second survey conducted with the parents of the 6th grade students to identify their perceptions on the schooling pathway of their child. An assessment was also conducted on the number of required textbooks each 2nd grade student had in their possession.  

In addition, a structured interview was conducted with a preschool teacher to determine whether the School is following the Ministry of Education’s priority regulations for preschool education.The results of the evaluation are still being analyzed and compiled. Results are expected in March 2018. 

As a result of this program, 31 teachers were offered training and professional development from two different local organizations.

 

Scholarships

By providing 90 scholarships, Anis Zunuzi is able to provide a quality education to 90 students a year enabling them to further their education and eventually complete their high school degree with the quality that will prepare them to enter university.

Less than 30% of children in Haiti attend secondary school. As a result of this program, Anis Zunuzi aims to enable 90 students each year to continue their education with the aim of completing secondary school. The long-term result will be providing individuals with the education to succeed in contributing to their societies, assist their families in the poverty reduction that accompanies education, and contribute toward a more educated workforce in Haiti.

Youth Empowerment Program

Haiti is in desparate need of moral leders who will put the interests of Haiti and its people ahead of their own personal gains and help develop Haiti's richly endowed human resources so that it can break through the cycle of dependency that has pleagued and paralyzed it for the past several decades.   To this end, the School has adopted the Youth Empowerment Program designed to build capacity and develop the youth to become the leaders and change agents in their own sustained community transformation.   

Summer Camp

During the summer 50 children & youth chose to participate in the summer camp. They expect more this summer as they are going to offer the students to sleep over, an added element which the children like. This event has been a source of new students becoming acquainted with the school and its program of service & moral education. This year they will concentrate even more on the service component to the community.  

The resutls created social cohesion among the students and an increased attitude of service to the community.  In addition, new students are attracted to Anis Zunuzi by increasing awareness in the community of the School and its program.

Story of Transformation: Sabine Saintemil

Sabine Saintermil was born May 9, 2000 in Petitie Riviere, Aritbonite, a region situated more or less in the center of the country. She never knew her father so she has only one parent. In four months she will be 18. She is the middle child of a family of three, having an older sister and younger brother. When she was seven years old and in grade 2 she became a student of Anis Zunuzi. She has been receiving a scholarship from Mona Foundation since grade eight, 5 years ago. She is actually in grade 12 so should complete her studies next year.

Sabine’s family is very modest. Her mother washes clothes at an orphanage in the area and does what she can to take care of her 3 children for whom she has great hopes. As her salary is far from being sufficient to cover their needs she is always looking for ways to help carry her great load. In discovering Anis Zunuzi school in 2007, after several years of trying in vain to cover the school fees of her daughter, she explained her difficulties to the people in charge. Thus she was granted a scholarship for her daughter, thanks to the generous support of the Mona Foundation.

This news was like a miracle and brought a sigh of relief to the family because of the support. Sabine is happy too to be able to remain at school and complete her studies. She constantly expresses her love and her thanks to the directors and the supporters of the Mona Foundation for this generous gift. Sabine works well at school and is happy with her progress. She will finish her studies next year and plans to study administrative science.

She praises the high quality of the education that the school offers, its discipline, and the competence of the teachers. She also expresses her admiration for the beauty of the buildings, their cleanliness and the charming beauty of the yard. But she is anxious about the beauty of the school which is disappearing gradually since the outer walls have fallen down due to the earthquake in January 2010. She hopes the walls will be rebuilt before she leaves the school next year. A dream which she says is ambitious.

Story of Transformation - We the Children of Haiti

“I was really without hope when I knocked on the door of the Anis Zunuzi School. Thanks to your generosity, today I have the chance to have a better future."

"I wish to offer special thanks to those who contributed and aided the Mona Foundation to enable the education of so many children in places all over the world. We, the children of Haiti, hope that this support continues to provide help to our sisters and brothers, who, like me, without this support, would not have much hope."  Mona Foundation invests $50/month in the education of this aspiring young girl.

2017 Achievements

  • 355  students served of which 90 students received full scholarship. 
  • 86% of middle school and 92% of high school students graduated (compared to a 22% national average).
  • Provided teacher training to 31 teachers
  • Completed a comprehensive instructional assessment to ensure quality of teaching
  • Purchased Montessori materials for Kindergarten
  • Provided training to 21 parents to ensure engagement
  • Provided text books to all students
  • Purchased 30 chairs to furnish the 13th grade classroom.
  • Improved administrative functioning by hiring two accountants to ensure financial accountability
  • Purchased a computer to improve efficiency.

 

Provide full scholarships to 90 students, 95% graduation rate

 

Complete teacher training and improve quality of teaching & learning across all grades

Train 50 students as children class teachers

Train 50 students in Junior Youth Empowerment Program

Train 50 children from surrounding villages to prepare for first grade

Purchase a projector and an extra-large monitor for use in the computer classroom

Begin essential repairs to the classrooms, bathrooms and septic tank to maintain infrastructure

Repair existing desks/chairs and purchase of additional desks and chairs needed to accommodate the expanding student population

Further build the administrative capacity of the school through hiring an operations manager

Change a life!

Give $50 a month to support the education of one student for a whole school year.

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