Published On: Sat, Jun 7th, 2014

Haitian PM joins MIT faculty and administrators to develop education opportunities

Laurent LamotheCAMBRIDGE, USA -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe on Thursday joined MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty and administrators and MIT-Haiti Initiative leaders for a planning session on the next phase of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, a joint partnership between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Haitian educators, and the Haitian government.

This initiative was designed to address issues of poverty alleviation, economic regeneration, the democratization and modernization of education in Haiti, and continued recovery efforts in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.

According to Lamothe, this collaborative project represents an effort to “empower Haitians to fly with their own wings.”

The multi-phase program has been providing high-quality faculty training and curriculum development for teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). More recently, the Office of Executive Education at MIT’s Sloan School of Management has started offering management and leadership training to Haitian officials.

“At MIT, we recognize that meaningful growth and recovery in Haiti can be most effective from the inside, and we are working with Prime Minister Lamothe to equip leaders and educators with the tools that help turn innovative ideas into reality,” said Peter Hirst, MBE, executive director of Executive Education, at MIT Sloan. “The MIT-Haiti Initiative has already trained more than 100 teachers in STEM subjects and has presented Haitian government officials with world-class leadership education. This collaboration represents our ongoing commitment to effect real change through leadership and education on a global scale.”

In November 2013, three members of Lamothe’s cabinet participated in an intensive course offered by MIT Sloan Executive Education, “Transforming Your Leadership Strategy,” and they brought back to Haiti applicable leadership concepts to apply to issues facing their ministries, including rebuilding Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. The two-day course will be offered again June 17-18 and November 18-19, 2014, in Cambridge and is open to high-performing executives around the world.

As part of the next phase of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, later this month MIT professors Deborah Ancona and Michel DeGraff will travel to Haiti to conduct a workshop. They will deliver leadership training to more than 50 primary stakeholders in Haiti’s ongoing recovery efforts, including the Prime minister, his cabinet ministers, state secretaries, and leaders of the government’s special projects for development.

“This initiative exemplifies MIT’s commitment to advancing knowledge and education, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges. On the ground in Haiti and here in Cambridge, our goal is to make MIT’s resources available to many more of Haiti’s government and education leaders. We hope to share practical tools and frameworks relevant to many areas of education and management – from STEM, economics, and sustainability to leadership, innovation, and strategy,” said Hirst.

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