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The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) is a United States Department of Education grant that supports innovative projects that may respond to issues of national and global significance. FIPSE projects propose significant reforms and improvements in U.S. postsecondary education and have the potential to serve as national models for reform.
The primary goal of the MassBay-UMass-Boston Haiti initiative is to pilot, in Massachusetts and in Haiti, a portable, replicable model of international service-learning that transforms learning into doing, relies on a multidisciplinary, sequential curriculum and, engenders life-long commitments to global civic engagement through educational opportunities.
MassBay and UMass-Boston is partnering with the Teaching College of the State University of Haiti (UEH) to enhance broad educational partnerships and cross-cultural cooperation between the two nations.
The three elements of this initiative breaks down cultural and language barriers, and ensures a wide spread workforce development program model that aims to significantly build capacity in early childhood development and respond to the significant demand for early childhood educators in the US and in Haiti:
Curriculum Development: Develop a two-week certificate program to train Haitian early childhood workers or teaching assistant.
Train-the-Trainer:Offer trainings for Haitian trainers on the early childhood curriculum to be fully integrated in the Teaching College’s curriculum and lead to an Early Childhood Development degree.
Service Learning: Haitian teaching assistants who earn their certificate will be paired with MassBay and UMass-Boston students’ service learning sites in Haiti.
In January 2010, the Haitian education system was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.