Haitian Teachers Update / 9-11 Remembrance

Haitian Teachers Update

Last summer, USF hosted a group of educators from Haiti who wanted to improve their teaching skills. Months later, a devastating earthquake ravaged their country, yet somehow, the teachers all survived. The University of South Florida is once again reaching out to them as they try to save their country’s education system. University Beat on WUSF-TV shows you some of the steps USF is taking, and also introduces you to one of the teachers, who is now attending classes here.

9-11 Remembrance

The University of South Florida has marked the ninth anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks with a ceremony featuring a pair of first responders, including a USF student who was a New Jersey police officer at the time and a Tampa Fire Rescue lieutenant who helped search Ground Zero. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM has the story.

Video Extras


Teacher / USF student Jean François Dujour shares the story of how he survived the earthquake that struck just miles from his school in Léogâne, Haiti this past January.

Jean François talks about the challenges faced by the education system in Haiti even before the earthquake and how he'd like to help address them.

Dr. Barbara Cruz from USF’s Department of Secondary Education says the Haitian teachers who visited USF last summer are struggling since the earthquake. She also says there’s a great need for school supplies.
(see below for information on donations)

Dr. Barbara Cruz & Dr. Mark Amen talk about what they encountered on their recent visit to Haiti.

Dr. Mark Amen, Academic Director for USF’s Patel Center for Global Solutions, says he and Dr. Cruz were in Haiti to visit an education symposium put on by the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED).
(see below for a link to the INURED report)

More Information: 

Haitian Teachers Update
(including for information about donations to the Haitian teachers)
USF Patel Center for Global Solutions

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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

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