A school has been opened in Mingo'o village in order to educate and empower 60 children from the "Pygmy" autochton minority in this community. Access to basic education, which has never existed before here, will serve as a jumping off point for children from this marginalized community to progress in school and reach a level of educational attainment sufficient for them to defend their rights and interests.
The village of Mingo'o is located deep in the forest; people lives as their ancestors for centuries: hunting and fishing for their daily needs. They are part of the autochton group known as "Pygmies.".They do not have access to schools, nor other services. In the past, they have been marginalized and exploited by their sedentary neighbors, without a means to defend their rights and interests. Illiterate and without speaking French or English, it is difficult for them to change the sitituation.
Throug putting in place a school in their community, we hope that we can help them begin the journey that will help them escape their marginalization. By the establishing their birth certificates ,in teaching literacy and French, and in realizing their basic right to education, they will be put on the educational path towards having the tools that they need to be empowered self-advocates in the future as citizen. Literacy and language skills improve their access to vital information on
If the proper conditions are met, the children can progress in school, achieving high school and university degrees. Our wish is that we can help them to attain an academic level sufficient to defend their rights themselves, rather than to stay vulnerable to the changes that will touch their lives as the world evolves. This empowerment depends firstly on their access to education at the basic level.