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EXCITING NEWS - GEP RECENTLY RECEIVED 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT STATUS!
DONATIONS ARE BEING MATCHED 1:1 – Give $50 and we get $100 – see below for information on how to make a donation.
Now in its 4th year, GEP trains teachers in Haiti and operates Lekòl Vizyon Modèn (Modern Vision School), a lab school for over one hundred 9-16 year olds in the La Plaine community. GEP means worker-bee in Haitian Creole.
At GEP’s teacher training lab school, Lekòl Vizyon Modèn (LVM), thirteen teachers collaborate in teams, develop their own curriculum and co-teach science, mathematics, social studies, Haitian Creole, and art. Teachers at LVM do not use of corporal punishment.
In the fall of 2013, LVM saw its enrollment grow to over 100 students as a result of GEP’s tremendous success last year. In July 2013, students who were taught almost exclusively at LVM in GEP’s educational model took Haiti’s national 6th grade exam. After just three years of school, all 19 students who took the exam passed it, including some who were illiterate when they started at our school.
What makes GEP different is the emphasis on the student being active, discussing with and teaching peers, instead of copying the teacher in the rote memorization style common in most Haitian schools. By using Haitian Creole, the language that students already understand, students can engage more deeply in critical thinking and the scientific method while acquiring literacy skills that make learning other languages easier. GEP’s curriculum emphasizes science and math education for sustainability through hands-on project-based learning and interdisciplinary lessons.
To make a tax-deductible donation send a check payable to “GEP FOUNDATION” to:
c/o Marion Gillon
92 Devir St, Apt. 110
Malden MA, 02148
GEP is co-founded and led by Daniel Laurent, a Haitian American alum of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. GEP’s board of directors is: Benjamin Griesinger (President), Karim Abdul-Matin (Treasurer), Leah Gadd (Secretary), Larry Aaronson, Marion Gillon, Dale Joachim, Mel King, and Doreen Wilkinson.
The Gep Foundation (GEP Haiti) is an education non-profit organization, it is not a foundation that makes grants. GEP is based in Massachusetts, and operates in Haiti. Gep Foundation is an approved tax exempt 501(c)3 organization.
For information please email GEPHaiti@gmail.com
In the United States contact Benjamin Griesinger at 718-314-0440
In Haiti contact Daniel Laurent at (509) 4739-4875