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Background

 

The Congo Peace School (CPS), opened in 2018, is located in Mumosho, an area of over 80,000 people in eastern Congo. It is the vision of community leader and former teacher Amani Matabaro to create a school grounded in peace and nonviolence, where children learn practical skills that lead to economic security. CPS currently has 160 students. By 2020 it is anticipated that the school will serve over 450 students, K-12.

PILA Partnership - The Nest

 

Early education is critical for the children in Mumosho, where many are orphans or are unattended while their parents struggle to provide for their families. Often older siblings are charged with the care of the youngest family members, making it impossible for them to attend school themselves. Having a classroom where the youngest children are intellectually and socially engaged, fed, and cared for is another important systemic step in healing this war-ravaged country.

In response to this need, PILA built two classrooms at Congo Peace School in May 2019. We call them "The Nests". This new addition to CPS enables children from 4 - 6 years old to attend school daily where they play with safe, appropriate materials, eat two meals and develop the dispositions needed to stop the cycle of violence and mistreatment of girls that plague their nation.

 Peaceful conflict resolution, respect for others and self begins early! The Nest provides young Congolese children, both boys and girls,  opportunities to develop their own positive voice with which they can eventually shape a just and civil nation.

In partnership with Action Kivu and The Dillon Henry Foundation, our vision is to help children transition from street children to school children. Education is a powerful tool for global change. Given a relevant, rigorous education based on non-violence, Congolese children can become productive leaders of Congo with the capacity to reverse years of devastation. With your partnership, we provide the youngest, most vulnerable children a safe, engaging classroom in which they will lay the groundwork to become ambassadors of change.

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