Visions & Values
L’Ecole de Choix is anchored by the principle that a quality education provides individuals with the fundamental tools to affirm individual dignity through the choices they make. Choice and autonomy grant us our dignity; and it is that dignity that assures each of us the very heart of our humanity, both in the way we are responsible for ourselves, as well as for the communities in which we live. It is in this way that education becomes the pathway to our humanity.
L’Ecole de Choix is located in Haiti, managed by both a Haiti-based and U.S.-based team, with advisors representing cultures from around the world. Integrated into the culture of Choix are those values that represent the most effective traits from all of our educational environments. These values include vital civic ideals such as leadership, responsibility, inclusivity, and respect for one another and for education as a whole.
Each Member Of The Choix Community Is A Leadership Model For Each Other.
As the Choix facility is designed to be a model from a physical perspective, the behavior of each individual within our community is a model for each other. We act in ways that would be acceptable if everyone in the Choix community acted in that manner. One of the tenets of the Choix facility is its mixed age, cross-program and inter-generational environment. The adults and older students shall always feel the burden of serving as a role model while the younger students shall always feel the burden of living up to high standards.
Each Member Of The Choix Community Is Responsible For Each Other.
The Choix community is a model of responsibility and accountability. Since we treat others as we would have them treat us, we maintain a responsibility for our community members, we care about their well-being and trust that they shall care about us.
Choix Community Members Are Inclusive And Respectful Of Individuals And Of Difference.
Within our community, difference shall be celebrated as an extraordinary value, recognized for the benefit it can bring to our environment, and the breadth of learning that it represents. Individual opinions shall be sought and heard; and space for debate and challenge will be a core priority in the education process. It is the policy of L’Ecole de Choix not to discriminate against applicants, students or staff on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation.
Choix Community Members Honor Education As A Privilege While Also Recognizing The Responsibility It Brings.
In Haiti today, an education such as l’École de Choix is unlikely for many Haitians and thus should be treated with respect, as the truly precious value that it represents. Moreover, as learning occurs, the growth in capacity for the students brings with it a growth in responsibility to use that learning to choose, to act, to make a change. With these abilities come responsibilities and Choix has significant expectations of its students.
Learning At Choix Is The Most Fun A Kid Can Have With Her Or His Day!
Not despite the above values, but because of them, the environment at Choix will be one where students cannot wait to arrive at school each day! It will be a place of change, of inspiration, of excitement and bewilderment, of fascination and new ideas. Learning will be an adventure that each student will take in discovering what her or his mind can do when challenged, the choices that become available to you when you dream, and the excitement in these infinite possibilities.
Choix Will Serve As A Paradigm.
Choix is a paradigm both for the Mirebalais educational network, initially, and for educational institutions throughout the region with respect to both the quality of education it delivers as well as its strong pedagogical methods. At all levels, its quality and processes shall bolster the Vision stated above and further inspire them to be open to limitless possibilities, to follow their dreams and to become constructive, contributing citizens.