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Welcome to Gocongo Foundation !

The Gocongo Foundation is a non-governmental community development organization, established in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010.

Our goal is contribute to improving the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, in rural Congo through the educational programs we offer.

The Gocongo Foundation pursues this goal through the establishment and maintenance of a school and a professional training institute targeting local needs such as agriculture, health and literacy. In doing so, we have a particular focus on women and children.

At the core of our belief is that each person is a “mine rich in gems of inestimable value” who can be a key contributor to the sustainable and positive development of our society.

The School

The foundation has started a school, which includes kindergarten, located in a rural setting and gives access to education to the children of the surrounding areas. The programme that is utilized inspires the whole community to be involved in the child’s education, and encourages the child to be an active participant of his and her learning. What distinguishes the educational program we use is the emphasis on both intellectual and moral empowerment. With a particular focus on the rural education setting, the course materials have special relevance to those involved in typical village life.

The use of creativity, the arts and participatory learning techniques contributes to maximising the potential of each child. In our school, we utilize locally-relevant educational materials and we maintain small class sizes, placing special attention on the education of girls.

The teachers

Inspired by the belief that education is one of the most meritorious acts a person can engage in, as educators, our teachers are motivated to put themselves at the service of their community.

The training we offer helps the teachers to recognise the nobility of the human character, and how vital the teacher is in helping children to grow physically, academically and morally. In the same way that a gardener cares for a plant to grow, so does each teacher help the student to acquire that which is good for them in their material and spiritual development.

Moral education

Based on the recognition of the virtues inherent in all human beings, the foundation aims at guiding the teachers on how to use education as the tool for mining these “gems” inherent in every child. From the beginning of the school day till the final lesson our school intends to provide an environment which is conducive to spiritual and moral upliftment.

Children engage in saying prayers, singing songs and listening to stories which promote positive characteristics such as cooperation, truthfulness and cleanliness, which they are encouraged to strive to attain. Inspiration is gathered from the different world religions and the stories and moral lessons with which they have guided humankind.

About

The Gocongo Foundation was started in 2009 and registered as a charity in the UK in 2011 as a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization. The foundation enables social and economic development in Katanga Province, southern Congo, focusing on the education of children, youth and adults. The main aim of the foundation, which is to provide educational opportunities for those without access to schooling is illumined by the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, which espouses the principle of universal education for all people.

Gocongo has started a primary school, including a kindergarten, as well as a training centre for teenagers and adults. Our vision is to welcome increasing numbers of students from the rural villages to the programmes offered. We also aim to develop an agricultural cooperative with the local farmers of the surrounding areas, in order to promote agriculture as a means to sustainable livelihoods and in order to assist them in their development and on-going training needs.

We are committed to developing human resources at the grassroots level in a sustainable and organic manner. This enables us to address the real and changing needs of the individuals, families and communities we engage with.

The foundation encourages the participation of all members of the community as agents and initiators of change, and values collaboration and a spirit of initiative, which we believe is a fundamental aspect for the success and longevity of any projects. Through this, a sense of self-reliance and collaboration within the community is created, avoiding relationships of dependency and passivity.

Our methods concentrate mainly on developing each person’s potential through education and its practical outcomes, as we believe that knowledge is key and fundamental to progress. We see people not as targets for development or problems to be solved but as promoters of their own well-being and communities.

We believe consultation is essential and have established a good working relationship with the local community and will continue to value their input to the projects.

Community Involvement

Contact

Address: Route Kasenga

Village Masambala

Haut Katanga

Democratic Republic of Congo

Tel:

Email: foundation@gocongo.cd