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In the Congo grew up two schools for 600 children, bricks manufactured villagers

In the villages Cihombehombe and Makutanu the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 600 children are taught in the new community schools, which local people have built themselves, with the support of the People in Need (PIN) and two Czech private donors. Brick school building have six classes a Congolese schoolchildren them sit down in new benches and use the new board, textbooks, pencils and wall maps for geography and biology. Nearby also grow new toilets.

The greatest joy of new schools to local children. In Cihombehombe them at the beginning of the school enrolled about 88 more than last year, in Makutanu them to Skamene sits about 106 more. "We want to be a teacher and teach in one of our new school," says Rachele together with ten year older Zawadi before the new school in Cihombehombe. "From my favorite subjects recitation and reading in French," says Zawadi. This thirteen year old Rafiki is now in sixth grade and study early exits. "With school I will continue. I want to go to university in Bukavu and become a doctor, "plans Rafiki from Makutana where the new school was the first brick building in the village.

Until a few months ago while on location in Cihombehombe new school house was just churned from boards with a leaky tin roof and brick with three classrooms. Schoolchildren in Makutanu had to go back to school a patchwork of mud and straw, where it was dark, and where often leaked. At the beginning of the Congolese team had to find a PIN communities that have already proven that they can mobilize and actively contribute towards building a school. "People Cihombehombe themselves a few years ago they built a brick school building with three classrooms, in turn Makutanu volunteers make available way to the village," approached the selection of villages to build schools Marcela Janáčková team of Congolese People in Need.

People at one school produced 90,000 bricks

The construction of the schools participated in local masons and helpers. "People from the community themselves trod and fired bricks or worn material such as crushed stone or sand," says Marcela Janáčková with that PIN communities provide construction supervision and the supervisor who prepared the community for the project and motivated her to be involved in the construction and decision-making about school. PIN also added material, which the locals can not provide for themselves, such as cement, iron rods, sheets on the roof, gutters, paint or systems to capture rainwater and tools.

"At first we thought it was a joke," recalled the woman on the day when the People in Need people in Cihombehombe offered that with their help could build a school in the village. A few months later, a local beauty school of 90,000 bricks, which we made ourselves with simple wooden molds. For schools are also new toilets separately for boys and girls.

The building itself but the involvement of people from villages far from over. People also through parent committee involved in the running of the school and the educational process. "Supervisor during construction organized meetings with parents and teachers on the subject of child protection and children's rights. Children held several meetings on health, hygiene and the environment, "says Marcela Janáčková." Children, for example, proposed to improve the environment around the school and at school Cihombehombe landed several eucalyptus trees, "he adds.

Congolese will be funded from the school's goat

People from every village also received $ 250 from the CVT and you can choose how to spend it, in order to self-finance the operation of the school, the future repairs or pay tuition to the poorest children. "Both villages have finally decided to breed goats. Want to earn money from the sale of animals or meat, "says Marcela Janáčková with the fact that people are given training on how to care about the economy and how to deal with earned resources.

Villagers in Cihombehombe were really interested in the school. "In local Cihombehombe really understand that schools have in their hands and it is up to them to quickly complete the building will look like and how long will it serve the community. The local director himself actively aided and together with the chairman of the parent committee was the main workhorse of the project, "says Marcela Janáčková." In Makutanu situation was complicated because the locals at the beginning could not quite imagine what the school building and the first brick buildings in the village is about. Finally i managed to finish school here, "said Marcela Janáčková.

PIN built or repaired in the province of South Kivu have thirty schools. "Schools in the DR Congo are not building for the community, but the community and try to make people due to have a new relationship with the school and took her for her," says program coordinator PIN access in DR Congo and South Sudan Marie Skálová, adding that schools are always equipped with toilets and systems to collect water to children while at school taught basic hygiene habits.

Assistance with education in DR Congo would not have been possible without two Czech donors and contributors charity shop e-PIN's real gift . With real giveaways PIN last year helped to build two similar schools, as well as a Cihombehombe Makutanu grew up in collaboration with the local community. The real donors contributed gifts such as school supplies for local students.

Education in DR Congo

The level of education in the eastern DR Congo is very low and a large proportion of enrollments year finished. Children often do not go to school because the teaching in class leaks and most schools are not adequately equipped. Often school has no desks, blackboards and toilets and children have to make do, ideally with one workbook and pencil. Another reason is that they have to help their parents during the harvest to distant fields, taking care of their younger siblings or their parents simply can not afford to pay tuition. Although the majority of teachers qualified in principle (gain four or six-year secondary teacher education), formal teacher education is poor. In addition, lack of quality continuing education of teachers, which the state does not currently have the capacity - there are few inspectors on how to cover a large area. Low teacher salaries (approximately $ 80 per month) compensates for parents motivating contribution (around $ 1 a month per child), who works as a school. Due to poverty in rural areas, however, teachers are often unable to gain přilepšení to wage. Understatement teachers often do not have the motivation for his work, or trying to make some cash elsewhere. In schools, for example, goes directly from the field and the like.

Source: tz PIN
Tz Author: Marcela Janáčková, Petr Štefan
Photo: Marcela Janáčková, CC

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