Good news… a Haitian family agreed to work with us to film ‘a day in the life.’ Meet Marcel and Marise Fleurant Tislin, and their children Rachele (18), Fabiola (16), Alexandra (15), Marline (14), Marceline (13), and Marc Henri (6) (see photo below).
Each of kid goes to a different school, because they had to go where there was an opening. Education is EVERYTHING!
Rachelle, 18, and Fabiola, 16, both in Grade 9 at Ecole Lycee (“Lycee” means school) Jean Jacques Dessalines, 40 minute walk to school, classes 1200 to 1700h. Tuition is about $13 each per year.
Alexandra, 15, Grade 6, Ecole Nationale Claire Heureuse (our advance planning team interviewed her school director). 30 minute walk, classes 0800 to 1200h. Because this is a public school, there is no cost for her to attend.
Marline, 14, Grade 8, Centre Classique Pythagore, 30 minute walk, classes 1200 to 1700h. Tuition is $130 dollars per year.
Marceline, 13, Grade 5, St Louis de Bourdon, 15 minute walk, classes 1200 to 1700h. Tuition is $57 dollars per year.
Marc Henri, 6, Grade 1, Republique des Etats-Unies, 5 minute walk, classes 0800 to 1200h.
Marcel and Marise Fleurant have to cover a total of around $220 per year in education costs for their children.
Right now, there is a new focus on education in Haiti. With this new focus, some kids who never before attended school must start at Grade 1. There are 12-year old kids in Grade 2 with other kids who are 6 or 7 years old. Although school is FREE, they do not have all the materials they need to properly learn. Imagine walking to school for an hour in the morning on an empty stomach and trying to have enough energy to learn… with no books or pencils. They speak Creole, and some French.