NU Students Complete New Internship In Haitian School Founded By Alumnus
What is happening at Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable is truly extraordinary. There is no educational institution like the one founded by 1978 Niagara University alumnus Edward J. Brennan in all of Haiti.
Only a handful of private high schools in Port-au-Prince that cater almost exclusively to the most affluent residents of the nation’s capital are even comparable. Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable serves some of the poorest children in the country, offering them a trilingual education (Creole, French and English) and a full curriculum based on the International Baccalaureate program.
It is the hope of Brennan and his alma mater that these children will grow up to become the future leaders of this devastated nation, which has suffered from a troubling past and still endures distressing social inequalities.
As part of a new collaborative initiative between Niagara University and Hand in Hand for Haiti, Brennan’s nonprofit organization that established the school, six NU students recently completed a seven-week internship at the school, where they served as instructors for its summer camp. This was the first edition of an annual internship that will continue to bring NU student volunteers to serve children in the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere.