Haitian Professionals Prepare to Start a New School Year
Fútbol Más in Haiti has had a positive impact on children and teens through sports. This job has been possible thanks to the collaboration of Observatorio del Juego, who has impacted close to 900 people that make up the school community, where through sports and board games taught in socio-sport workshops we reach to transform the reality of 3 schools in Puerto Principe.
This process, which seeks to ensure that school communities increase their educative tools using a dynamic and particpatory methodology, wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration, work and strength of the team that develops the activities in the field. Evingts Jean-Francois initiated collaboration on the project in 2017. He is a Haitian and has not only been able to share his knowledge with children and teens, but the collaboration has permitted the development of social abilities with a significant change in his own professional life. “After 6 months I have felt a great change in myself: y emotions, expressions, the way I communicate and converse, my comprehension of social situations, the development of the children on many levels, as well as my tolerance levels and levels of attention to what surrounds me has transformed positively. The project has been a good tool that is allowing me to not only know myself but also transform the reality of the society,” commented Evingts.
Thanks to the coordination work and collaboration between countries seeking a better dialogue and peaceful areas that transcend communities, Álvaro Farfán, who was part of the management and direction team in this process mentions that: “The development of the project itself was always giving us new challenges that motivated us to think and reconsider what we were doing. Each time we gave more to everything and to all the members of the team. To take the opinion that our Haitian team was the best for intervention since we were closer to the context we wanted to impact, realizing that together is the only possible formula with the power to generate sustainable changes in the educational communities.”
Acording to Evingts, the project Ayiti Jwe (Haiti Plays in Haitian Criole) “intends to strengthen and develop resilience in children, to strengthen their sense of empathy, to elevate levels of reflection and the recognition of emotions through evaluation of the positive, being mindful that joy and smiles can help transform out immediate reality.” This has been a process to create intense bonds with the school communities, intending to strengthen their capacity in the day to day to increase their abilities which will allow them to confront challenges that may be presented in thier path.
For Fayeda, who is in her 5th year at Escuela du Bas Canaan, the project has allowed her to learn more about her abilities, and she likes a]how the Green Card makes all of us unite as a team to celebrate a goal or to celebrate something positive.
During this second year of the project, Fútbol Más Haiti looks not only to allow the game and the sport to be visible within the context of school, but to be used inside and outside the classroom. As Álvaro Farfán says: “To see the enthusiasm of the students by taking the board games instead of their pencil and notebook, to see the teachers find meaning in explaining a board game and not only reading a book in a loud voice while the kids write and repeat what he or she reads has been a magical process,” and has been magical to see as football achieves the transformation of reality and strengthens the resilience of those big and small.
The Fútbol Más Haiti Program is developing in the Bas Canaán schools, Divina Providencia y Saint Charles de Borromée, benefitting more than 500 boys and girls in Puerto Principe.
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