An Overview of Our Programmatic Vision for Education & Community
TO EDUCATE AND BE EDUCATED
Lekòl Nou will provide comprehensive education to children with sensory disabilities that includes life skills training and career preparation for their future… free of charity. We will invest in our teachers, not just training them but empowering them to make changes in the lives of their students and communities. We will provide outstanding opportunities for our teachers’ perpetual education, including continuing education courses in Haiti and abroad.
TO INCLUDE AND BE INCLUDED
We believe students with special needs are not different — they only learn differently. As an alternative to students with special needs being included in a typical classroom setting, we will practice reverse inclusion. In lieu of having students with sensory disabilities attend typical schools where services and accommodations they require may be scarce, mismanaged and/or non-existent, we will invite typical students from the community to join Lekòl Nou students for their education. All our students will take part in a curriculum that will provide for opportunities to learn braille, ASL, and adaptive skills. We believe this inclusive environment will cultivate a new generation of compassionate and informed Haitian youth — one that may join the disabilities sector as an advocate and insist on living in a tolerant and compassionate society.
TO CHANGE ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS
Lekòl Nou’s mission and its programming is designed to foster community solidarity by encouraging volunteerism both in and outside of the classroom, offering educational opportunities for the local community such as ASL and adaptive design courses. We see the investment in community as one that allows our students to play a more active role in their communities and eventually, greater Haitian society. All our programming shall promote gender equality, respect and tolerance for all.