Brazzaville Women’s Literacy Program

Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)

Church of the Disciples of Christ of the Congo

The Eglise des Disciples du Christ au Congo (EDCC), Church of the Disciples of Christ of the Congo of the Republic of Congo (the capital city is Brazzaville) is a relatively young church founded in 1995 as a mission of the Community of the Disciples of Christ of the Congo (CDCC) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 100 years ago, U.S. missionaries founded the CDCC in what today is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly known as Zaire. Global Ministries helped fund a DRC missionary from the CDCC to the EDCC from 1995 to 2003 at which point the EDCC became autonomous.

The Church of the Disciples of Christ of the Congo (EDCC) in and around Brazzaville primarily works with the Lingala-speaking population. Since 2001, the EDCC has worked with local women to begin a literacy program. The program was developed for the women of the EDCC parishes to learn to read the Bible. Families cannot afford to send all their children to school and typically it is the females who are not educated. The Brazzaville literacy project is entering its fifth year of teaching basic reading skills to the women (and a few men) in the area. Contributing to the growth and success of the program are former students who are now assisting by teaching others to read.

During the past year, the program was able to open a new Literacy Center at Pointe Noir. Present at the Center’s opening were Reverend Lucien Kobele and the country’s General Education Secretary, Chief Yves Oniangue. The Minister of Primary and Secondary education also granted a permit for the opening and operation of the Adult Literacy Center in Brazzaville.

In a six month period, adult literacy classes were given to area mothers in both French and Lingala. At the Brazzaville Center, a total of 51 women participated, with 14 studying Lingala, 21 studying Level 1 French, and 16 Level 2 French. At the Pointe Noir Center, 43 women participated, with 28 studying Level 1 French and 15 studying Level 2.

The Literacy Center has many objectives for the coming year, and hopes to expand to include new Centers at Impfondo and Loukolela. The Center also hopes to work with the Minister of Education, and other institutions to organize and keep better track of the stages of improvement of the project’s instructors.

A better publicity and advocacy campaign is also needed to promote the campaign. The Center would like to begin distributing Bibles and other reading materials to the mothers of Level 1 and 2 French, thereby promoting further study among current participants, as well as inspiring the interest of other area mothers.

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