On January 12, 2010, Haiti was rocked by an earthquake that registered over 7.0 on the Richter scale. It was the most powerful quake to strike Haiti in nearly 200 years and it resulted in destruction on an unimaginable scale. The epicenter of the quake was just ten miles from the densely populated city of Port-au-Prince.
With the dire circumstances in Haiti and the coverage by media outlets it is expected that students or children will want to discuss Haiti, natural disasters, and ways they can take action.
UNICEF is a good source for such information and learning resources:
- UNICEF Canada Global Classrooms – Humanitarian Emergencies (Secondary Students)
- PBS News Hour – Island Nation of Haiti Reels After Earthquake Causes ‘Enormous’ Damage (secondary students)
- Background Information: Haiti Earthquake
Haiti Country Information
Updates, Stories, and Videos – To find regular updates, stories and videos on Haiti, please visit:
- U.S. Fund for UNICEF Field Notes Blog
- U.S. Fund for UNICEF YouTube Channel
- UNICEF YouTube Channel
- TeachUNICEF TeacherTube Channel
Information on UNICEF Supplies headed to Haiti
Discussing Natural Disasters
- NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) – Resources
Of course donations will be the main way that people of Haiti will be supported, but students also need to learn about the bigger picture and understand some of the issues that are discussed in the media -otherwise they will be caught up in the sensational reporting of looters etc and will soon forget the people of Haiti.