The first year of this program is now complete and the numbers are in! The heads of our 3 schools, including the director of the Primary School of Vijana de Luberizi, shown here with AMCAV director Bernadette Ntumba, have worked hard to compile the following data. Out of 150, the total number of students advancing to the next grade numbers 127, with 67 girls and 60 boys excelling to pass the end-of-year exam and 23 needing to repeat last year’s grade. Global education experts consulted agree that 15% is an amazing rate in this region and in these circumstances, given that the children in our program are older and had never attended school before. School officials are especially astounded at the progress of the girls. In rural areas of eastern DRC, 60% of girls do not have access to education following the traditional customs that are more likely to provide access only to boys. Our program has rare support from the parent community where ordinarily there would be none. Parents express joy that Global Giving donors have made their children’s education possible. They, along with the students, administrators, and teachers, fervently wish to see continued financial support. Students are grateful for the privilege of attending school. The program puts them on unprecedented equal footing with other children attending school. The school authorities (directors and teachers) thank Global Giving and its donors, through AMCAV, for supporting students whose families cannot afford to pay school fees. Finally, local authorities and members of the community have promised to educate parents to send their children to school without distinction as to gender. The full report is available here under “Additional Documentation.”
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ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN MOTHERS FOR ASSISTANCE TO VULNERABLE (AMCAV)
Uvira, Kimanga District - Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Project Leader: Annette Scarpitta
Congo, Democratic Republic of the