“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ~ Frederick Douglass
“In 2012, a study conducted by UNESCO and UNICEF revealed that 52.7 per cent of the 7.3 million children out of school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — some 3.8 million children — are girls. Among the obstacles to girls’ education are low family incomes and lack of school infrastructure, in some areas.”
Meet Marhonyi, one of Action Kivu’s three literacy teachers at the Mumosho Women’s center. In spite of the statistics, Marhonyi was able to attend school, and graduated secondary school with her certificate in Pedagogy, which focuses on teaching. She now passes along that knowledge to other women and girls who, because of their gender, were not sent to school.
One of her students is M’Bidundu, who at 17 had never been given the chance at an education. She is very proud being part of the program and today can read and write a few words as a result of the literacy program. ”This program gives me a new hope for the future in, my life. I feel like I was blind but now I can see,” she says.
|Marhonyi leads literacy class, Mumosho, February 2014|
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