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BLOSSOMS and Haiti

November 18, 2010

Two BLOSSOMS videos, "Can Earthquakes Be Predicted?" and "Roots, Shoots and Wood," are currently being voiced over into the Haitian Creole language (known as "Kreyòl" in Haiti). BLOSSOMS hopes to be part of an MIT initiative to help rebuild the Haitian educational system. This translation project is also part of an NSF-funded effort by Prof. Michel DeGraff (MIT Linguistics and Philosophy) to evaluate the use of Kreyòl and technology toward enhancing the teaching of literacy, math and science in Haitian primary schools. Some of the rationale for this effort is explained in a Boston Globe article on Haiti's language barrier.