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Vocational Training in Haiti

What: Vocational Training in Haiti

When: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: FOCAL Board Room, Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), 1 Nicholas St., Suite 720, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 7B7

Who: Alex Parisien will be discussing the findings from a trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in July 2010. The mission aimed to carry out an initial study of the locations and boundaries of vocational and trade training programs and schools for young men and women within and around the capital. The talk will address the role of sustainable job training in the aftermath of the earthquake as well as the impact of the earthquake on the ability of existing vocational programs to train students in order to promote sustainable employment opportunities and sustainable jobs. Michael Lisman will provide commentary on Alex’s talk, and provide background on the education system in Haiti and how this affects youth employment.

Alex Parisien is a GIS Analyst with particular interest in the application of GIS in disaster response and international development initiatives.  She has most recently been involved with a Watershed Information System project for Sierra Leone with GIS without Borders as well a study on sustainable job programs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for Global MapAid.  She currently is employed with the Ministry of Natural Resources.  Alex received a B.A. from the University of Guelph with a major in International Development and a minor in GIS and Environmental Analysis, and recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in the GIS Applications Specialist program at Fleming College. Her report can be accessed here.

Michael Lisman is an associate with the IAD's education program, and co-ordinates activities in Central America for the Partnership for Educational Revitalization in the Americas (PREAL). He has worked at LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, with the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, and as Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He received his B.A. from the University of Rochester, and a masters degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University.


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