History and Location of the School
FTSJS emerged from a non-accredited, independent social work college, Enstiti Travay Sosyal ak Syans Sosya; (ETS), first established in Haiti in 2012, which utilized an idealistic and exciting set of academic offerings and an eclectic and wide-ranging teacher base. Volunteer Instructors from abroad and Haiti came and worked in different ways (brief onsite intensive and distance learning approaches, for example) with Haitian undergraduates.
With a change in leadership and the establishment of an affiliation with Université Episcopale d’Haiti (UNEPH) in the fall of 2018, FTSJS is now a school that maintains an innovative approach to teaching and learning while offering accreditation and a more structured curriculum.
The affiliation with UNEPH provides an academic liaison with a long- established and renowned Haitian university. Founded in 1920, the main branch of the university is located in downtown Port-au-Prince, with eight active “faculté” divisions (of which FTSJS Is the most recent), and three off site campus locations: sites in Leogane for the schools of Nursing and Rehabilitation Science; Les Cayes for Business technology; and Bon Repos for Social Work.
The university is highly regarded, highly selective of its student body and extremely aware of its role in Haiti as provider of quality, diverse undergraduate and graduate programs. It is based on provisions of: 1) solid, traditional academic teaching with a French language focus; 2) Research, and 3) Community Service. FTSJS is proud to be affiliated with UNEPH , while maintaining its autonomous fiscal and programmatic oversight.
Our school is located on a secure, private campus in Bon Repos, just north of Port-au-Prince. The campus is shared with Vivario/Perles Noires, a strength based sports oriented program for youth with an environmentally conscious and receptive staff. Dormitory space, classrooms, dining areas, recreational facilities, and an extensive and pleasant open space area is shared and accessible for students, faculty, visitors and staff of FTSJS.
The administrative organization of FTSJS is made up of a predominantly Haitian staff,
under the advisory oversight of a Board of Directors.
The school welcomes Maine-based and Haiti-based volunteers who can contribute specific skills. Current needs include additional Board members with experience and a strong commitment to our vision, marketing, graphic design, website design and editing, and skilled English language instruction. If interested, please contact Miranda Phelps or Vildens Dorvilier.
Education Haiti/Edikasyon Ayiti Board of Directors
Edikasyon Ayiti is a Maine-based non-profit corporation with 501c3 tax exempt status. Its main priority is to support and advise The FTSJS program. Support comes through fundraising events and grant writing as well as educational consultation for the curriculum and faculty development of the school. It also oversees the fiscal and organizational needs of the school. Edikasyon Ayiti’s Board of Directors includes educators, professional psychologists, community organizers, and business people from Haiti and the US, all of whom share a love for Haiti and for fostering a Haitian based, high quality, community relevant social work training program. Board members currently include:
In addition to the formal Protocole d’Accord with the Université Episcopale d’Haiti, the school has relationships with several prominent American colleges and universities. These involve expert consultation, joint shared programming and plans for further projects in the future. The schools include the University of Buffalo School of Social Work; William James College in Boston (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) and Thomas College in Waterville, ME. Rotary Clubs in Maine and Eastern Canada have indicated strong interest in offering technical and financial assistance to FTSJS. The development of additional affiliations is ongoing.