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Four Mining Communities Celebrate Graduation Of Mobile Schooling Students

110 children from remote mining communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been honored in front of their family and friends to celebrate an outstanding achievement. They have completed their remedial primary education program, passed their state exams, and participated in their local graduation ceremony.

The students were all enrolled in the Diamond Development Initiative's (DDI) mobile schooling program. The goal of the program is to provide access to remedial education to children in diamond mining communities to prevent them from working in the mines and allow them the opportunity to reintegrate the formal schooling system. The two-year curriculum provides children the opportunity to acquire essential literacy, numeric skills and grade-level general knowledge with the goal of passing the national exam.

DDI has been operating four mobile schools with six classrooms, for a total of 121 students. Brilliant Earth and Signet Jewellers sponsor the schools.

Despite intensive preparation for the exams, a 100 per cent success rate was not expected, but all the children who wrote the exams passed. The other 11 students were unable to sit the exams because of family mobility and local security issues.

Mpoyi Nsanza is among the proud graduates. Nsanza abandoned school at the age of 10 when her family moved to the mining community of Tshifumba. Because there was no school in the village, she followed her father to the diamond mine to work. Two years later, she was selected for the mobile school.

"At the beginning of the program it was hard for me to adapt because it was intense, but I was motivated by the meals that were offered twice a day and I was afraid of the mining work because it was much harder than attending school." After 18 months of remedial training, Nsanza passed the state exams as best female student. Now she says she has two wishes: to become a mining engineer, and for education to be available to all the other children in her community.

Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI, echoes the sentiment. "DDI has responded to a pressing need, but does not have the resources to meet all the schooling requirements in artisanal mining communities. All children, from elementary and secondary levels, should be in school."

For this reason, along with accompanying the current cohort of primary graduates through to the end of secondary school, DDI is working to engage local and international partners, and seek a commitment on the part of local and national governments, to provide all children in mining communities with basic education.

For today, however, the focus is on the success of this group of students, and the joy in their communities, at DDI, and in the offices of sponsors.

Omer Lukamba, the traditional chief of Tshifumba, says, "We were happy when DDI came to our village to offer remedial education, because there was no school here before. With these results, we are even happier because our kids have made us proud."
AT: 08/18/2017 06:21:46 PM   LINK TO THIS NEWSLETTER
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