The process is moving forward in genuine democracy, large and active, where everyone who wants to participate can do so, giving their points of view and mostly collectively controlling the common interest.
We should also state that it is in the context of the struggle generally waged by the workers for land, for irrigation, housing, roads, water …and all other services, that the struggle to take the school in charge is occurring. Therefore, given the absence, corruption and general abandon of the state, given the landowners’ and local reactionaries’ domination and exploitation, the workers are taking their responsibilities in hand.
Department of the Artibonite,
School Management Committee Semester Report
For the 2nd Chatelain Community Assembly, in the locality of Charrier
Wednesday February 21st, 2007
Topic: Let’s Learn How to Work Together to Rise Together Out of Poverty and Misery
In the name of the Management Committee, I salute all members of the Community Assembly, all the guests, especially members of
We gather here because we want to carry forward the democratic experience we have started in the community. Today, democracy is taking place according to the report that the Management Committee is presenting to you as owners of the
What did we find?
We found a yard full of weeds, a 6-room building covered with a roof, without doors, one room of the building is almost destroyed (danger), another room is not covered with a ceiling, a hole by way of toilet full of garbage, we found 26 benches, 4 blackboards, 4 chairs, only one is good, a small table, 140 books mixed up from first grade to sixth grade, a big notebook for filing, 3 wooden doors on the floor, some of them are already broken, 4 sheet metal, 3 wooden boards, 3 rulers, 3 set squares, 3 protractors.
What have we managed to do?
We finished up cleaning a big portion of the yard, we have constructed 2 bathrooms, we have repaired 3 chairs, we put doors in 4 rooms, we hired 3 teachers and one monitor to work in the school, we provided equipment for the teachers, we opened the school on October 30th, 2006. We paid the teachers 3 months of work, we planned many scheduled meetings with workshop for different people and subjects, we managed to organized a book-keeping system inside the committee.
What important choices and decisions have we taken for the school to run properly?
We decided that the school should be a lay school that is not involved with any religious practice, we chose to educate the children in the Haitian language while they are also learning French. We decided that this year all the children can come to school with regular clothes, we decided to use photocopies so the parents won’t have to buy books, we decided to have a workshop with the teachers every weekend in the context of the training they need to receive, this task has been done thanks to
How and in what manner was this carried out?
Everything we’ve mentioned occurred thanks to the mobilization of the Committes,
INDIVIDUALS / GROUPS SUM (In Gourdes)
Joseph Joichim 100
Pierristil Chalorain 100
Joissaint Nolaire 100
Moïse Calixte 200
Veuis Dorceus 100
Joslin Miyami 8.600
School fees 1.750
Gera Morancy 6.200
So, the Committee mobilized 27,300 (twenty seven thousand three hundred) gourdes from October 2996 to February 3, 2007.
Here is how these funds were spent:
EXPENSE COST (in gourdes)
Class equipment 982
So, the Committee spent from October 2006 to February 3, 2007: 24,490 (twenty-four thousand and four hundred and ninety) gourdes. Consequently, in its treasury, on February 3, 2007, the Committee has a balance of 2,810 (two thousand eight hundred and ten) gourdes.
Concerning various individuals’ assistance in form of labor (as we mentioned earlier), these individuals are members of the Management Committee, of
Just before we deliver some information and some priorities to the Assembly, we need to say that we encountered much difficulty in our work as a committee. There are people in the community who are against change and development. We faced threats, slander…! For instance, what do you think when someone says: “everything that has to do with school money, I’m the one in charge, otherwise, I’ll block everything, it’ll happen over my dead body!”. Or when another says: “the toilet doors shouldn’t have keys, they’re community toilets”. Or when Committee members get hexed, as well as their livestock and even children. When some people are playing with the minds of students’ parents, telling them fighting will occur in the school, their children might even be poisoned. When some people residing around the school use the school yard to defecate!
Here is some information on certain decisions we’ve taken:
· Registration for the teachers who are decided to work remains open;
· Registration for new students in the first to third grades will take place in May 2007;
· All students will come with uniforms for the June 2007 session;
· All parents will pay 25 gourdes to register new students and 300 gourdes for school fees for all students;
· The third community general assembly for the school will take place on Wednesday August 22, at the school in Chatelain.
Here are some priorities we set for the school:
· Rebuild the part of the building that is falling apart and also to cover the other room whose roof was destroyed by the hurricane;
· Put 2 doors in the other 2 little rooms;
· Build a large room to store the school material because, still now, they are dispersed;
· Fence the school yard;
· Set up an infirmary in the community school for the children;
· Put up some material for the children to recreate in the school;
· Organize for the children to have at least a plate of food every day at school;
· Set up a training area and pay the teachers a reasonable salary;
· Help the parents, set up a parents’ organization to support the school.
FORWARD RESPONSIBLE PARENTS!
FORWARD SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKERS’ AND EXPLOITED PEASANTS’ CHILDREN!