For Haitian children, becoming literate will simply be the first step toward achieving their full potential.
For children who cannot attend school and adults who never had the opportunity, the GOALS literacy program provides their first chance to learn to read and write, establishing a more equitable playing field for everyone.
GOALS has always believed in the power of soccer to change lives and to inspire young people to achieve more. Now, our literacy program is pushing the love of the game further than ever. In some of the villages in Haiti where GOALS works, there are no schools, no paved roads and no electricity or running water. Nearly all adults are low-literate and just 72% of children attend school. GOALS’ ‘Leveling the Playing Field’ literacy project uses the power of sport to build locally-led literacy programming in order to create fully literate communities, improving local leadership, health and future earning potential. We are extremely proud that our literacy program was the recipient of the Beyond Sport for education award.
GOALS pushes the sport-for-development model further than ever before, using soccer to reach children and adults cut off from traditional education with a locally-led literacy program. Students take pride in walking to class with their books in hand and families and neighbors pitch in when needed, demonstrating the program’s community engagement and support. With a total of 84 graduated learners to date, GOALS’ literacy program brings new hope to both the students and their communities.
The ability to read and write is the foundation of all other development objectives – including GOALS’ broader objectives of improving health, reducing poverty, and for long-term community and local leadership development. GOALS therefore remains committed to continuing to provide educational opportunities to those who have been left behind in rural Haiti. For these boys and girls, becoming literate will simply be the first step toward achieving their full potential.
The Dream Team
The Dream Team scholarship program focuses intensively on a select number of participants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to their communities within GOALS’ youth development programs, and help them complete high school and prepare for future studies and careers.
Students are selected through a rigorous application process. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, commitment to local development, demonstrated leadership skills, and financial need. Scholarships are offered to students in rural communities in the Léogane area. In exchange for scholarships, Dream Team members perform extra service projects. We currently have 25 students in our scholarship program. To provide a scholarship for one of our kids please donate to our scholarship fund.
The Importance of High School
Only 52.9% of adults in Haiti are literate. Secondary school enrolment is 19%, and even low school fees are unaffordable for families in rural communities. High school graduates have better health, increased future earnings, and healthier families as adults.
Dream Team Goals
- Select motivated young adults who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and offer them opportunities to excel. Graduate students who are capable of identifying local problems and creating solutions to improve quality of life in their communities.
- Increase access to education and provide new opportunities young leaders in rural Haiti.
- To maintain Dream Team membership, scholarship recipients are required to maintain high grades, participate fully in all local GOALS activities, and contribute extra hours of service to their community. Dream Team students meet regularly with GOALS staff to check in about their lives. In addition, GOALS staff meet monthly with our partner schools to check on students’ work and attendance records, and review any concerns or questions that arise.