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Education

With the school project in Mushapo ADH wants to ensure a good education for the students in order to give them and the village a better future. ADH offers the schooling for free, so that also children from poorer families can attend the school. With a proper teaching staff ADH tries to establish a good teacher ratio, so that the children can be treated according to their needs. The curriculum of the officially recognized school is based on national guidelines, but already in the first grade, the language is French.

Feb 2017

Less children per classroom at school in Mushapo are necessary

A representative of the Ministry of Education from Kamonia visited our school and said we should add one more class to the 5th and 6th grade as the amount of children per class is too high (over 50). Since there are only 10 class rooms, we will have to see how to rearrange things to create two new classes. The Ministry is ready to support two more teachers which will be a big help for the school.
Less children per classroom at school in Mushapo are necessary
Oct 2016

More students than ever, 567 in total!

This school year the number of students in our Primary School increased to 275 boys and 202 girls, together 477. Our Secondary School population also grew, now 53 boys and 37 girls, together 90. That brings our total amount of students up to 567! It is very encouraging to see that the parents appreciate the schooling of their children so much, which will give them a better chance in their future.
More students than ever, 567 in total!
Aug 2016

Preparations for a new school year

All our 32 students from the 6th grade passed the final exams at the end of the last school year. This is a big success for the school and proves that our teachers and director are doing a good job. The official name of our school is „E.P. A.D.H. MUSHAPO”. It stands for „Ecole Primaire (Primary School) ADH Mushapo”. Our school director Pierre went to a meeting of the sub-division from the Ministry of Education in Kamonia for all school directors of this area. Two days before school starts we have a preparatory meeting with all the pupils at our school to prepare them for a good school year ahead.
Preparations for a new school year
Jun 2016

New Schoolbooks for our School in Mushapo

The school books we sent from Kinshasa finally arrived. In the meanwhile, 32 students from our 6th grade are on their way to their final exams in Mungamba.
New Schoolbooks for our School in Mushapo
Feb 2016

Soccer jerseys for FC Mushapo and for schools in nearby villages

One of our sponsors in Germany sent us a lot of jerseys, footballs and pumps, so we could give our school a set for two teams and some more for the schools in the neighboring villages. It is difficult to explain the many steps it took to get these materials all the way to Mushapo, but it was also a special wish of the neighboring schools which will create more joy and unity between all of the schools.
Soccer jerseys for FC Mushapo and for schools in nearby villages
Jan 2016

Our school in Mushapo: a review

Our school now teaches 440 children in the primary school free of charge, something almost unheard of in Congo. Besides that we teach 60 students in the secondary school which is paid for by the parents. It was their own initiative as it makes it easier for their older children to go to school right where they live instead of having to walk to another school far away. Altogether our school teaches now exactly 500 students. The teachers and school director received several training courses throughout the year to improve their teaching skills.
Our school in Mushapo: a review
Nov 2015

Our teachers receive their first salaries from the government

During our meeting with the Minister of Education, Mr. Maker, a year ago in Kinshasa, we asked him if he could help us to get the teachers of our school paid since it is registered as a governmental school. He agreed to take care of this and now it happened: all our 10 teachers and the school director received their first salaries from the government! Until now, we paid their salaries. If somebody does not know all the local complications involved in reaching this goal it is difficult to understand what a huge miracle that is! Basically all of our contacts in Congo had their doubts and told us that this will never happen. Jean wrote us recently that nobody in the area understands how this is possible as none of the other schools in the villages around are receiving salaries for their teachers. In order for the teachers to receive their first salary the local school board in Kamonia ordered our school to close for 2 days and asked all teachers and the director to personally come to Tshikapa. They walked 60km from Mushapo and the next day they walked back. Hopefully soon they will be able to receive their salaries in Kamonia, which is only 40 km away. We are very thankful for this great victory as it is an important step towards the independence of our school. Another step in the direction of independence is the new school committee. They made an effort to inspire the parents to contribute something towards the school, in the interest of their children. All parents agreed to give 500 FC per child per month, which is about 50 Euro Cents. This is a big commitment of the parents and will help with the upkeep and running of the school.
Our teachers receive their first salaries from the government
Oct 2015

Local Initiative

For this school year 2015 - 2016, a new School Committee was voted in by the parents of the students. The two chiefs of the village were not voted in because of the personal issues they have with each other which were carried into the meetings in the past. The committee members make a financial contribution for the benefit of the school. The money will be kept by the treasurer under the control of the president of the committee and the school director. This development is very encouraging for Jean and us as it shows initiative of the local population. They were not afraid to vote out the two chiefs and vote in people who are considered responsible representatives of the village. This should stabilize and strengthen the school. The first committee meeting will be on the 4th of November. The latest account of children in our school: In the Primary School we have 238 boys and 202 girls. In the Secondary School we have 33 boys and 27 girls, in total exactly 500 students.
Local Initiative

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 The greatest reward was when I stood one morning before the school and the children sang with all their heart beautiful songs as a token of their gratitude.

Our school is growing - now 150 students

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