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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.

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
Sep 2020

A little support at the start of the new school year for the school in Tshikapa

We were able to support our Tshikapa School a little bit to get started in the new school year; director Pierre is very thankful for any help we can give him. The Mushapo School is running independent from us.
A little support at the start of the new school year for the school in Tshikapa
May 2020

Who should pay for the running costs of running the school?

If you build a school in the Congo and register it with the Ministry of Education, as in our case with the 'Agro-Veterinary School ITAV ADH Mabala', this does not automatically mean that the teachers are paid by the state. Since the beginning of 2020, the new government in Congo officially offers more free primary school education. If, on the other hand, a new secondary school is opened, such as our school in Mabala, this means that the parents must first pay school fees. But if you want to offer free education, as we are striving for with good reason, then you have to find another way to finance the teachers' salaries. At first our partner organisation BBK paid the teachers, but was then no longer able to do so. Since April 2019 ADH has taken over this bill, which means an enormous pressure for us. Although the agricultural project attached to the school already contributes to the maintenance of the school, it is far from being able to cover all costs. Therefore, we hope and do our best that the state will soon pay its own teachers, since this is a state school. The lockdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic makes the question of funding all the more urgent.
Who should pay for the running costs of running the school?
Apr 2020

Lockdown in our Mabala School

Since March of this year, all schools and universities in the DR Congo are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just like for the rest of the world, this was a first for the Congo and its population, which was completely unprepared for such an emergency. There is a big difference between Congo’s countryside and the developed world. Without an Internet connection, the teachers and students in Mabala could not continue their education, as many schools in other countries did.
Lockdown in our Mabala School
Nov 2019

Hands-on training for students of the veterinarian branch on nearby farm

The students of the veterinarian branch went for their first practical training to the nearby farm of the local wood company SODEFOR, which is helping our project from time to time.
Hands-on training for students of the veterinarian branch on nearby farm
Oct 2019

Practical instructions in cultivation for students of the agricultural branch

We are very happy to see the first fruits of the latest agricultural project which is located right next to the school. The students from the agricultural section receive handson training in growing different vegetables and peanuts as well as in planting avocado, palm nut and banana trees. The school also built a chicken house and received its first rabbits to teach rabbit breeding.
Practical instructions in cultivation for students of the agricultural branch
Sep 2019

Start of the second school year at the 'Agro-Veterinary College ITAV ADH Mabala'

In September our High School in Mabala started its second year, adding the 9th th grade to the 7th 9 th and 8th th grade we had in the previous school year. The school teaches a total of 286 students, 180 boys, 106 girls – free of charge. Besides the normal subjects of the governmental curriculum, the students started their first practical agricultural and veterinarian training.
Start of the second school year at the 'Agro-Veterinary College ITAV ADH Mabala'

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 In order to significantly improve the future prospects of the children (and thus also of their families!) ADH made the facilitation of a proper education and formation of children its goal!

Our objective – to provide education

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