Officially, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, education is free, but the salary of a teacher is well below the threshold of survival. In order for schools to operate, families must contribute financially, but for many children this is an insurmountable obstacle. Widespread poverty and instability prevent 1.4 million from completing their studies. This project will support the creation of 2 Kubunina vegetable school gardens, which will ensure free access to school to 70 children.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Education is essential to allow children become creators of their destiny. The Kubunina school gardens will be managed by the "committee of parents", who dedicate part of their time for free to cultivate the crops. The products will be sold at local markets, generating revenues to allow free access to school to their children. The Italian experts will provide support by introducing new agronomic techniques to increase the productivity of the fields, adopting environmental sustainable techniques.
How will this project solve this problem?
The creation of 2 vegetable school gardens will allow free access to school to 70 children, aged 6 to 18 years. Our priority is the funding of schools, to eliminate the contribution that families are obliged to make. The gardens will become also educational labs where the children from the 2 schools involved will perform several training activities in a multidisciplinary approach. School gardens are able to link abstract and concrete concepts, supporting activities linked to theoretical lessons.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project aim is to guarantee free access to school to the poorest children who will develop skills useful to manage their own future, also thanks to the project management skills the Italian team will transfer. A team made of professionals from agronomic and managerial fields. Furthermore, the program model was conceived as a sustainable one, easy to replicate in other villages. The improvement of agricultural technologies will ensure as well the environmental sustainability of the project.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,125
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,375
Total Funding Goal: $8,500