One Laptop Per Children (OLPC) Haiti, pre-pilot evaluation report from IFAP Information society Observatory

The Haitian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) has introduced one-to-one computing within the context of constructivist pedagogy—or student-centered learning—in the Haitian primary school system.

The XO laptop, an educational tool designed by One Laptop Per Child (OLPC, a nonprofit organization headquartered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), was selected as the educational device for the initial implementation of one-to-one computing, which took place during May–July 2008. MENFP carried out the initial implementation as a pre-pilot project conducted in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The purpose of the pre-pilot was to gain experience in preparation for the subsequent pilot project and to ascertain effective teacher preparation by identifying successful training methods and important content to be addressed during teacher training sessions.

A project team consisting of representatives of Teachers College, Columbia University and IDB evaluated the OLPC pre-pilot project. The purpose of the evaluation was to smooth the way for the subsequent implementation of the OLPC pilot project, which will assess the effectiveness of and determine the requirements for the nationwide implementation of one-to-one computing in Haiti.

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