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Education
Education

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.

Jan 2023

ADH has two new promising projects in the pipeline

Our plan for 2023 is to build two Vocational Training Centers in two different locations, fulfilling a long-time dream! We are planning to train young adults from each of these areas in a one-year course to learn a trade along the lines of agriculture, including animal husbandry, fish farming, beekeeping etc. At the end of their training, each graduate will receive a package with seeds, possibly a baby animal, and – thus equipped – will return to their village to open up their own workplace with what they have learned in our Centers. One project will be overseen by Jean who has been our local project manager since 2011. The Center will be located east of Kinshasa, on the Plateau de Bateke. The other project will be headed by Joseph, whom we have known since the beginning of our activities in the Congo in 2003. This Center will be located in Nsioni, almost 500 km west of Kinshasa, towards the Atlantic Ocean. Both men have done well with our recent microfinance projects, which gives us confidence that these two new projects should work out satisfactorily as well.
ADH has two new promising projects in the pipeline
Dec 2022

A great success - the first graduates of our school in Mabala

For this school year, we have enrolled 287 students, 194 boys and 93 girls in grades 7 to 12. At the end of this school year, the first 26 students will be able to take their final exams! Our school is rated second of all the schools around Nioki, a city with 60.000 inhabitants. This is a major accomplishment and shows that our teachers are doing a great job!
A great success - the first graduates of our school in Mabala
Oct 2022

Progress of our Mushapo and Tshikapa schools - a positive interim assessment

Gilbert, our ADH-Congo member in Kinshasa, communicates regularly with us about the school in Mabala. Recently, we asked him to contact our first two schools in the Kasai province to see how they are doing. Here are the latest statistics from these two schools: ADH School in Mushapo (in our own buildings): 352 students in the Primary School in the morning, 12 teachers and Principal Mr. Kamba. Chief Mbumba Thumba is opening a Secondary School in the afternoon, with three departments: Agriculture, Pedagogy and Tailoring, 10 teachers. ADH Primary School in Tshikapa (in rented premises): 454 pupils, 12 teachers and Principal Pierre. These are mostly pupils and teachers from our former Mushapo School. All the schools we have established are functioning well, providing education to over 1.000 pupils and employment to 50 teachers and 4 principals! The schools in Kasai have been operating independently since 2017, while we are still paying the teachers in the Mabala School until the end of this year. In 2023, this School will also become independent from us, which will allow us to start two new projects.
Progress of our Mushapo and Tshikapa schools - a positive interim assessment
Jun 2022

Waiting for the state to take over the financing of school operations

Thanks to your faithful support, all the students in our Agro-Veterinary School in Mabala keep receiving their education and training. So far, the Congolese Ministry of Education does not pay any teachers in new secondary schools like ours. However, since we want to give our students the opportunity to attend our school free of charge, we continue to pay the teachers’ salaries ourselves. Once the state takes over with that, we can start another project. We appreciate your help so we can keep the school running and give the students a better chance for their future.
Waiting for the state to take over the financing of school operations
Dec 2021

Fortunately no interruption of school lessons necessary

Thank God, the corona virus is not so prevalent in Congo as in other countries, so that our school can stay open and the students attend classes. ADH continues to pay the teachers, but our hope is that the Ministry of Education will soon take over that responsibility, since our school has been registered as a government school since the beginning.
Fortunately no interruption of school lessons necessary
Mar 2021

School in Mabala can resume after brief lockdown in January

Since Mabala is located in an area where the Corona virus was not so widespread, the Congolese government gave permission for all schools in this region to reopen after a short time of closure in January. We are very grateful for this because in Congo’s countryside there is no online communication for schools like in industrialized countries or in some private schools in Kinshasa.
School in Mabala can resume after brief lockdown in January
Dec 2020

In search of solid funding for school operations in Mabala

In the developed countries, when the schools close, lessons continue online. This is not possible with Congolese schools in the countryside, as children have no access to electricity, the necessary equipment or the internet. Another obstacle with schools in Congo is the problem that in newly set up schools the teachers do not receive a salary from the government, especially with secondary schools in the countryside, like ours in Mabala. Instead, the students have to pay tuition. Since we want to offer free school lessons to children from poor families, we try to avoid that their parents have to pay school fees, which means, we have to find other ways to pay the teachers. ADH is paying half the salaries for the 15 teachers and school director, while our partner organization BBK is supposed to pay the other half. Unfortunately, this has been a struggle and we are trying to find a solution. One way we hope to supplement the teachers’ salaries is by encouraging them to do agriculture on our 40-hectare property around the school buildings
In search of solid funding for school operations in Mabala
Oct 2020

School operations resume after nationwide school closures

Like in most parts of the world, Congo too was overshadowed this year by the COVID 19 virus. All the schools and universities were closed since March. Thankfully, the schools in Congo opened again in October. We are very grateful for this as in some other countries schools were shut down again after some time due to a new surge of the virus.
School operations resume after nationwide school closures

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