Did you know that at the time of Congo’s independence in 1960, there were approximately only 30 Congolese with a university education? Under colonial rule, Congolese had been largely excluded from higher education and any senior level positions in the military or government.
Tragically, the educational legacy of Congo for the past 50+ years has remained largely unchanged. Teachers at all levels are viewed as “big people” who exert power over students.
Learning is characterized by rote memorization and the absence of critical thinking.
Corruption has infected every level of Congolese education.
In short, the system is completely broken.
Congo Initiative is doing something new and different. We are educating the next generation of Congolese (at all levels) who think critically, apply their learning to the challenges of their context, and who view their education as holistic formation for leadership.
Our students are breaking the mold, and as a result, they are transforming their communities and their nation.
Find out more about our innovative education programs below.