Located in a former IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp near Goma, La Lampe is a Justice Rising partnership school. Unable to return home after years in the camp, the community settled permanently. Amidst persistent poverty and lack of opportunity, La Lampe provides a safe, nurturing education where children can grow holistically. We provide opportunities for both personal and professional development among our teachers, working constantly to ensure a high standard of teaching and learning.
La Lampe was recently studied by the Congolese government and, as the first truly successful school in the region, it was named a pilot school for the region. Some of the top test scores in all of Goma come from students at La Lampe.
Strategically built on the outskirts of a village that has faced war for over 20 years, Nevaeh Elementary School provides children with primary education from 1st to 6th grade. Amidst the severe trauma most of these children have faced, Nevaeh is a refuge. Here, education empowers children with the tools to create a peaceful future, ending cycles of conflict that have lasted for generations. Even during times of war, our teachers faithfully create an environment of security and stability.
Early Childhood Development Centre
Our Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) embodies the values voiced by education innovator Maria Montessori: “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” From its location in the center of the village, one can often hear songs rising from the Early Childhood Development Centre. The first of its kind in the area, at the ECDC more than 200 children aged 2 to 4 receive formational education. We work vigilantly to equip our teachers with the skills and resources needed to provide young children with the best formational education possible.
General Education Development Program
In 2011, when we had launched the first of our primary school classes, one of the facility caretakers watched a classroom of children learning to read and wistfully said to his co-worker, “I wish I could have learned to read.” Through our General Education Development (GED) program, this caretaker, 42 years old, is learning how to read.
Access to conventional education is often limited or impossible for those displaced by active conflict. We offer the GED program to give adults and young adults access to an accelerated education and a high school equivalency degree. This program offers new found education to those later in life as well as flexibility amidst adverse circumstances for younger students.