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Laurent Lamothe at MIT to address poverty, education, and recovery initiative

Haiti's Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, traveled to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge in early June to assist in formulating the next step of the MIT Haiti Initiative. He also met with MIT Sloan Executive Education Program (SEEP) management and faculty. MIT engineered MIT-HI to handle poverty relief, economic re-invigoration, and updating and democratizing education and reconstruction efforts. The MIT-HI was signed into action last year.

A multi-faceted program, it offers instructors professional development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). SEEP has also given Haitian officials professional development as well. Executive Education Director, Pete Hirst, of MIT-SEEP explains innovation must become reality before real growth and recovery can happen in Haiti, and it can only happen from within the country.

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MIT STEM Education Initiative to Transform Education in Haiti

Haiti and MIT signed a joint initiative in digital learning in Kreyol. Kreyol is the most spoken language in Haiti and the initiative will promote education of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines in Kreyol language. Under this project, open education resources that are technology based and developed by MIT will be taken and translated to Kreyol and then provided to the Haitians to assess the effectiveness of the initiative. The work will be accomplished using the help of educators and professors from various Haitian institutions that will include Université Carïbe, State University of Haiti, Université Quisqueya, École Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti, Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty and NATCOM.

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