Haiti has been torn for several years: corruption, coups d'état, natural disasters, epidemics, etc. The poorest country in the Americas is more often than not subjected to the worst conditions.
What made the headlines recently (March 2021) is the state of emergency declared for a month to "restore the authority of the state" in several Haitian areas controlled by gangs. The hashtag #FreeHaiti has since made a strong comeback on social media. It will be remembered that it was used, among other things, in the wake of the PetroCaribe scandal in 2019:
"[Some] projects were to be financed with money from PetroCaribe, an aid fund set up by Venezuela - when the country had money - to help develop other countries in the South. . Haiti has received nearly $ 4 billion from PetroCaribe. But today, we wonder where all this money went. Embezzlement, influence peddling, bribes […] ”Radio-Canada, February 20, 2019
#FreeHaiti is used to react to the political and economic situation in Haiti:
Radio-Canada, March 21, 2021This online mobilization is a call for solidarity with the Haitian people, who demonstrate against the abuses of an authoritarian government, corrupt and which only represses, explains Montreal historian Frantz Voltaire.
The last ten years in Haiti have been very difficult: January 12, 2010; life in Haiti had just ended. A gigantic earthquake would take 200,000 people with it and plunge the poorest country in the Americas into endless chaos. Complete reconstruction is seen as mission impossible. Then Hurricane Matthew of 2016 hit the island with full force, leaving 1,000 people dead and 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. To all this must be added an epidemic of cholera which continues to spread by contaminated water, scarce and overpriced food, political elites who ignore the population and bathe in corruption ... In short, every day that passes in Haiti is one more to survive for many inhabitants on the island.
Corruption has been present in Haiti for many years, but today the population feels freer to speak out against injustices. Social networks have made this stronger position possible and people are now determined to let the whole world know the truth about the crisis in which they are immersed.
Disciplines and levels targeted
- Ethics and Religious Culture
- The social order
- History and citizenship education (2nd cycle of secondary school)
- Economy and development
-The contemporary world
Targeted dimensions of digital competence
- Developing and mobilizing technological skills
- Collaborate digitally
- Producing content via digital technology
- Developing and mobilizing information literacy
- Communicating via digital technology
Suggested digital tools
- Paper, Autodesk Sketchbook or Adobe Illustrator Draw
- Anchor or Garageband
- Padlet or Genially
Educational intention of the guide
At the end of these activities, the students will know more about the crisis in Haiti and they will be able to become aware of the difficulties experienced by this country for several years.
Objectives of the activities
- Create a sketchnote : from a concept related to the Haitian crisis, create a sketchnote that represents the ins and outs of this issue in the country.
- Create a podcast : discuss the issues of justice, freedom and social order present in Haiti through the creation of a podcast.
- Create a timeline : place in time the various political difficulties and natural disasters that have affected Haiti in recent years through the creation of a timeline.
- Create an interactive video : give an educational and interactive value to a video that deals with the political and economic situation in Haiti.
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