Canado-Haitian Secondary School
By Prof. Wesner Emmanuel
Canado-Haitian College: a model of cooperation – Canadian-Haitian cooperation merging vision and efficacy, opening the doors of new horizons to the youth striving to construct a viable life itinerary for himself or herself.
In 1969, the Canado-Haitian College was created and named as such while integrating, for the most part, the secondary school students attending Pope John XVIII School in the Bi-Centenaire area of Port-au-Prince. All was managed by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Also, it appealed to and attracted into the mold several students from The Petit Séminaire Collège Saint Martial, the Saint-Louis de Gonzague School and other schools. Canado introduced itself on the Education scene with three major vehicles designed specifically to carry the student toward a bachelorship in Literature or Sciences and a bachelorship in Mathematics. They were presented as follows:
- An Academic option comprising Literature, Sciences and Mathematics.
- A Technical option comprising Electricity, Automobile Repair, Electronics, Refrigeration, Machine Shop (Mécanique Ajustage), etc.
- A Commercial option comprising Accounting, Office Management, etc.
This was the harbinger for revival in an educational system entrenched in aged programs that, a long time ago, were designed towards the liberal professions and, the latter themselves had had reached the level of saturation.
From the outset, Canado revealed itself as a school geared toward progress, preparing the young students facing life according to the prevailing demands in the job market – thus, following the concept of great initiators such as:
Brother Gilles Charlebois, S.C. (Brother Richard) for the erection of the buildings with the support of the Canadian cooperation.
Brother Jean-Jacques Legris, S.C. for the establishment of the curriculum featuring new materials including the following:
- ISP (Introduction to Physical Sciences) with organized and well maintained laboratory.
- Introduction to Technology.
- Choice of careers.
- Language laboratory.
For the formation of the mind, the heart, the hands, Arts, Music courses (led by Brother Henri, S.C.) and Home Economics are on the agenda. In addition, religious, sports, cultural, social activities are planned through “Student Life” whose principal promoter remains Brother Claude Chénier, S.C.. How does one forget “Student Life’s” famous slogan? Canado Higher, Stronger and Farther.
— Pi Wo, Pi Fò, Pi Lwen —