Owing to the financial assistance amounting to nearly USD 19.000 from the Polish development aid funds, the village school Institution of St. Michael the Archangel in the town of Casale in Haiti has received new computer equipment and Internet access.
The project “Electricity and Computers in a School”, conducted by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bogota in the framework of the Small Grants System, encompassed the purchase and the installation of computer equipment, solar panels and batteries in the IT classroom. Despite its small scope, the project proved to be a huge help for the population of that small Haitian town. Until now, due to financial shortages, people did not have access to computers and the Internet neither at school, nor at home. The project “Electricity and Computers in a School” enables the children to gain basic IT knowledge of programs (text editor, spreadsheet) and teaches them how to use search engines, which will be useful in their further education.
New computers and Internet access shall also give the several hundred children studying at the Institution of St. Michael the Archangel in Casale a chance to rise out of poverty. The IT knowledge gained will enable them to continue their education and will increase their chances on the job market. Today, the abilities of using a computer and searching the web are a necessary condition to enter the job market.
“The inhabitants of Haiti, whom I talked to during my visit, among them school teachers, set the Polish development project as an example of development cooperation. It teaches modern skills, which can be used in the future for ameliorating the living standards of the population of Casale and surrounding villages. The underscored value of the project lies in its orientation at the development and amelioration of the future of the students, (in line with the sentence "Give me a fish and I will eat for today; teach me to fish, and I will eat for a life time”)". Consul of the Republic of Poland in Bogota.