Human Rights from Haiti Youth – HERMELINE

The following perspective is from a youth participant in the fall 2018 session of THE SPARK of Le Flambeau.  The students are in the early stages of learning English and have been challenged to share their views on important topics, in English.  All class participants for this session are location in the Cap-Haitien area, in Haiti.

Discussion Topic: December 10th, 2018 will be the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  What does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mean to you today?  Is Education a human right?  Is having access to water a human right?…technology?  What should the top priorities be when considering human rights?  To read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (in English) (French) (in Kreyol).

HERMELINE– November 2018, Cap-Haitien (Best Content award, THE SPARK of Le Flambeau)

Human rights has always been a subject that raises many questions. That is why the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has had a global impact. This statement means for me, a hope, a reference for each individual. Through her various articles, she exhorts us to union, that’s what we miss in the world.

Man, to adapt to his new environment needs some things, like for example, education. It is the right of man to know how to read and write. It is with this in mind that we organize literary campaigns or free education for children.

Man is born free and enjoys certain natural rights, such as having access to drinking water. Everyone needs water to live. The same is true for health.

Technology is also a human rights, because everyone must be able to benefit from the progress that it made with time.

Finally, with regard to human rights, the main priorities should be freedom and equality in all. I say that because there is too much appeal around the world. Inequality reigns everywhere, discrimination… It seems that for these people the Universal Declaration of Human Rights no longer exists.


About THE SPARK of Le Flambeau. This is an on-line language exchange program focused on extending educational opportunities to bright under-served youth in Haiti, now in its eighth year. The program aims to improve fluency in English language reading and writing in preparation for TOEFL and improve access to more immediate employment options in Haiti, for youth in Haiti. An introductory micro session was held for Cap-Haitien with a new group of students. The session ran for four weeks with a live awards ceremony held Cap-Haitien.