Language and Literacy For All
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it's French. In the United States, it's English. Knowing the common language of a country is crucial. This young Congolese woman learns French as part of the curriculum at the Sisters' adult learning center in Nselo, Congo. In a country with 700 local languages and dialects, girls who are denied schooling, and grow up without learning French, cannot barter in the marketplace or participate in the larger society. Without the support of the Sisters' adult learning center, young Congolese women would struggle even more than they already do to support themselves and their families. What do the Sisters teach these young women?
Daily Life in Nselo
|Teaching the Young Women of Nselo, Congo|
The Sisters in Nselo collect rain water in a large cistern and must boil it before using it. Their compound, where the adult learning center is located, lacks indoor plumbing and electricity. Each student is assigned a bright blue plastic bucket for her fresh water supply. And each student learns sewing skills on a hand-operated sewing machine.