Blue Butterfly responded quickly to the spread of coronavirus. In March 2020 we began producing COVID-19 PSAs for our Haitian audience and created and distributed a distance learning program known as Ti Lekòl Lakay (“Little Home School”).
Ti Lekòl Lakay is a 10-week audio-based program that we distributed via WhatsApp to over 1,000 families and educators while schools were closed in Haiti. Many of the educators forwarded it on to additional families. The program kept children engaged in learning throughout the school closures with fun, engaging stories and lessons. Each lesson was accompanied with a PDF that provided educational support and activities.
The response to Ti Lekòl Lakay was very favorable. Parents found that their children looked forward to the audio lessons each day. One parent said “My children are eager to receive each day’s lesson. They break up the routine of the day and are a special message just for kids.” Another parent said, “My children are eager to receive each day’s lesson. They break up the routine of the day and are a special message just for kids.”
One educator said “These audios not only will educate the children, their families, and teachers but the audios are providing professional development for the teachers. [They] are good examples of alternative ways to teach the students. Thank you for making a huge difference in Haiti.”
For more information on Blue Butterfly’s COVID-19 response, read our report of activities as well as our “lessons learned” document.