In mid-January, College des Savior and the community came together to support the students in their fete de presentation, a celebration and showcase of what they’ve learned over the past few months. A wide variety people were in the attendance, including 60 parents, 14 teachers, 3 school staff members, 2 members of GBA, NGO representatives, and other special guests from the community. In total, 140 students were a part of the fete.
The event had an official ceremony and presentations from students in the form of skits, poems, and games. The presentations centered on the themes of social connection, conflict management, and teamwork. One group of 4 students put on a skit that involved resolving a dispute amongst friends. They came up with the idea and took the lead in crafting the skit.
The attendees and participants alike were positively impacted by the fete. One even felt inspired to offer books and training to the teachers. Many community members expressed a desire to spread the word about the fete and College des Savior students. The Inspector General Adjunct: “I did not expect that these children would teach us like this. This event should be broadcast on television to get other schools to see it."
Some of the special guests at the fete included 9 teachers for Lukunga, the school that College des Savior has been working to partner with. The Adjunct Director of the school was also there and expressed a desire to continue to build the connection between the schools. “My impressions are good because we saw the kids making effort to present playlets from activities done outside the school. Thus they spoke about the Monastery because they visited it. Really it’s very good and also a good example, and I prefer to see our school following through on our partnership.”
It was a wonderful opportunity to further connect the parents to the students’ educational experience as well. One parent remarked that: “Since I’m here in Kinshasa, I have never seen a school presenting activities like what we have just seen at the College des Savior today and I did not know that we have one very great school here at Mpasa. I’m very, very satisfied. I didn’t believe that the kids from this school could do what they have just done today. I’m going to communicate this with others and next year-- you’ll have many kids.”
Dr. Jerry’s son, who also attended, added: “I really appreciate the students’ achievement. They learned the teamwork and the lessons that we can try to teach others. I really liked the initiative that the kids had to make playlets today. I find that it’s good for the future of the education in Congo.”
After the fete, the school as a whole and the parents both had time to reflect on their role in and the lessons of the event.
It is not often that we get to gather so many members of our diverse communities together. We recognize that the students are catalysts for this kind of social cohesion and know that they will continue to inspire people in the Congo, the U.S., and elsewhere.