First Aid Group

March 04, 2013 – Written by Student Group
First Aid Group
Group Members: Helen Chen, Rochelle Jones, and Ayan Osman

Many Haitian schools currently lack the means to provide First Aid materials or a curriculum to teach First Aid to the children in case of an emergency. We will be visiting a Haitian primary school in Cabaret and instructing the children in the after-school program on how to implement basic first aid. We will use both a picture book translated into Haitian Creole and songs and chants references for students which will hopefully help them remember these rules in an emergency situation. During the week long program, we will expose students to real-life situations such as choking and hand and arm injury. By teaching students how to take on emergency situations, we are aim to empower them with tools to help their community and its members. In order to ensure longevity of these skills, we will present the first aid materials as well as demonstrate the skills to the local educators in the community and surrounding schools. It is important for the teachers to understand the steps of administering aid as they could potentially need to help their students during an emergency. They could also eventually incorporate the first-aid material into their curriculum.

The second phase of this project involves gaining an understanding of the cultural differences between the native Haitians and outside help. Culture influences beliefs about education—the value of education and participation styles. These two aspects should be taken into consideration when working with people that have a different culture. Different cultures place emphasis and importance on various parts of life—survival, science, ethics, morals, etc. The aspects observed as culturally essential will be learned first while others may or may not be learned at all. Culture affects learning because it has an affect on what is learned. Within their individual cultures, children learn what is valued and what is not by word and by example. We will be taking into account these different educational perspectives of Haitian culture as we work with teachers and students on this First Aid project.