Updated: Jun 3
Initiators of the KOTAKOT political party attended ITIAHaiti, a literary, socio-educational, and cultural organization. The word KOTAKOT is used as a slogan by the members. The ITIAHaiti is non-governmental, non-confessional, and non-political. While maintaining its independence, ITIAHaiti works with other grassroots and governmental organizations that share its youth autonomy philosophy. It approves all measures to strengthen its members' means and promotes their participation in international and national funding programs. ITIAHaiti was established in Okay, Haiti, on July 12, 2008. On August 22, 2019, ITIAHaiti became a 501c3 organization in the United States, and on February 29, 2020, it became a legal entity in Haiti.
ITIAHaiti wants to see young people get jobs and frameworks to develop their talents and ensure the upcoming generation's future. The mission of ITIAHaiti is to strengthen youth civic engagement and leadership through art and entrepreneurship. ITIAHaiti works with communities to promote inclusion, social cohesion, and conflict management through art; Teaches Haitian Creole, promoting a culture that paints, translates, and reflects Haiti's beauty; and restores youth confidence through seminars on autonomy and mentoring to nurture their talent. ITIAHaiti is a legacy for Haitian youth through social networks and unites Haitians worldwide.
After many debates, brainstorming ideas on social networks, meetings on Zoom, and in person on a range of topics such as volunteering, youth involvement in organizations, juvenile leadership, self-awareness, child development, teamwork among youth, Haitian youth orientation in diaspora, Creole educational initiatives, a movement for Creole schools, theatre and poetry workshops, poetry readings, philosophical parables, valuing contemporary writers' ideas through their quotations, creative writing workshops, painting competitions, monolingual Haitian Creole dictionary promotion, business opportunities, economic aspects of the Creole language, and several other socio-economic, political and cultural dialogues, etc., it has become apparent to us that all these initiatives will not go anywhere in Haiti with the authority we have right now.
ITIAHaiti is summed up for most people in Haitian Creole advocacy, even though all of these activities used to be done. The first objective of ITIAHaiti was not to promote the Creole language. Education issues block ITIAHaiti from addressing development topics, even climate change and environmental protection. The mother tongue is at the heart of Haitian education when discussing education. As a result, we decided to implement the "Creole education in Haitian schools" project. Following many dialogue conferences, we realize that we are the ones who should take this dream to the State because political power only rises in the country.
Haitians will be less likely to fail school if they study in the language they understand best. Let's say Haiti's illiteracy rate decreases. Then Haiti will have less juvenile delinquency, fewer children on the streets, and less discrimination and intellectual stigmatization. The number of Haitians who graduate from high school will increase, leading to more professional opportunities, higher education, and overall development. All citizens must have the same chance to obtain an education if these dreams are to be realized. The political party KÒTAKÒT is committed to training young Haitians on a larger scale and with the same vision: AUTONOMOUS HAITI.
Wilson Thelimo Louis,