Orphan Education Foundation

Accelerated Education Program


According to USAID, Haiti’s literacy rate is only 52% – the lowest in the western hemisphere.  Of the 67% of children enrolled in primary school, less than 30% of them will reach the 6th grade. The situation is even worse for orphaned children. Few orphanages have the resources to employ professionally trained teachers. And even if they did, a lack of continuity with the children makes it difficult to achieve measurable progress with basic skills like literacy. Given that the average child only remains in an orphanage for three years or less, the window of impact is very small.  Those who leave the orphanage system as teens are ill equipped to face the challenges of adulthood. To address this significant disadvantage the Orphan Education Foundation (OEF) has developed the Accelerated Education Program (AEP) to prepare orphaned children for successful and productive futures.


AEP is an 11-month program of study that combines the core elements of the standard public school curriculum with intensive literacy training.  With the support of OEF, each orphanage will be able to employ dedicated and qualified teachers who will work with the children year round.  This highly focused approach provides greater time on task, as well as more individualized attention due to a higher teacher-student ratio. The goal of the program is to help each child advance three grade levels per year.  Since the average stay in an orphanage is roughly three years, it is conceivable that each child could leave the orphanage having completed a quality elementary and/or secondary education.


Upon placement in the orphanage, each child undergoes a thorough educational assessment by OEF staff.  Children are placed in grade levels based on both age and current level of aptitude within the local educational system. As each child works through the AEP curriculum they will be assessed regularly to ensure they are learning in the most appropriate cohort.

Curriculum Features:

In addition to teaching core subjects from the local educational system, the AEP curriculum also focuses on two critical competencies that will better ensure success for the children when they leave the orphanage: English language training and technology training.

English Language Training:

Recent estimates indicate there are more than 1,000 foreign NGOs operating in Haiti.  Since the common language among these NGOs and development organizations is English, Haitians who are skilled in speaking English are in a better position to work within this community.  English speaking Haitian nationals are earning premium salaries as they assist International NGOs in the reconstruction effort.

Technology Training:

In addition to teaching English as a second language, OEF staff and volunteers will provide basic instruction in the use of computers and web based communications. These skills will also give OEF students a significant advantage in the work force once they leave the orphanage.

Young adults with a solid basic education, English language skills and technology training are almost guaranteed employment, not only in the near term with reconstruction efforts, but even as the economic situation improves in Haiti over the long term.