Purpose and Vision
When Director Robenson Cesar organized a dedicated group of teachers, their purpose became clear very quickly. To create a safe environment for any student with the desire to learn, fostering a positive self-image rooted in the fundamental belief that all children are created by God and in His image. We want to equip each student with knowledge and skills applicable to and which will improve their everyday reality, and consequently the future of their country.
We feel God has granted the vision to develop a reputation in the community as a beacon or lighthouse, where any and all are welcome to come and be a part of a family, learning and growing with one another in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Educational Philosophy and Curriculum
Our approach to education is similar to the Montessori philosophy, while stressing Christian values. Underlying this educational philosophy is the belief that God created universal innate characteristics or behaviors in every stage of a child’s natural development in regard to exploration, communication, work or purposeful activity, repetition and order. Education should facilitate that expression. In addition, we believe long periods of concentration or purposeful work involving mind and body heals a child mentally and physically. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.
The curriculum adheres to the standards of the Haitian government combined with an education based on the discovery of the children’s needs, equipping them with general life skills. Areas of study include reading, writing, mathematics, history, geography, sciences, language, and arts.
Because a majority of students may be challenged to further their education after leaving HOW, vocational programs are in the process of being established for older students. Eventually, we would like to offer several arts and crafts and/or skill-based programs promoting self-sufficiency.
Overall, the educational goals are focused on fostering a love of learning in each student as they pursue knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, and grow in their identity in Christ.
“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.” Joseph Addison