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Workshop Schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The salvation of the lives of young refugees in North-Kivu Province of the DRC is the goal of this project. North-Kivu, particularly the areas to the north and northeast of the provincial capital of Goma, remains the area of the DRC most afflicted by ongoing conflict of all kinds. Because the conflict is ongoing, the refugee population in the province, already estimated to be in excess of 800,000, continues to grow.

One thousand (1,000) of these youngsters who inhabit the refugee camps in and around Goma will be the initial targeted beneficiaries of this pilot project. These children, who include many orphans, have no homes in the ordinary sense of the word. They do not go to school because their parents, if they are still alive, cannot afford to send them and there is no public education available. They are often ill, suffering from the effects of malnutrition and panoply of disease including HIV/AIDS, and health care is inadequate to non-existent. Instead of going to school, these children struggle to survive. They are utilized as small beasts of burden; carrying water and/or scavenging for firewood and food. Many simply must beg. Dickens would find the conditions familiar nearly two hundred years after he gave us Oliver Twist.

Workshop Schools seeks to solve these problems with a unique combination of training the trainer and curriculum within the school setting.

Project Goals:

  • Build the Peace by including a curriculum component addressing such topics as human rights, especially those of children and women; conflict resolution and the prevention of violence, especially sexual violence; community development especially culturally appropriate models for gender equity; and, principles of democracy as they relate to these topics, for both the children and the development of a cadre of teachers social workers and other trainers to sustain efforts of the project beyond the schools and over time;
  • Operate the schools utilizing a participatory approach emphasizing to the children the need for them to take what they learn beyond the schools to the larger community;
  • Provide access to basic education for each child and the opportunity for each to develop to the best of their talents and abilities;
  • To provide all necessary health care, especially to the victims of sexual violence and to combat HIV/AIDS; and
  • To capitalize this pilot project to provide a model for the all of the eastern DRC and beyond.