In September of 2023 we kicked off the school year at both the Love Does Primary
school and our brand new Primary school in partnership with the Aurora prize. In
anticipation for the new school year, the week before school started, both sets of
teachers from Aurora and Love Does attended a teacher training course. They were
able to learn more about best teaching practices, discuss child protection policies,
and be refreshed and also encouraged by other teachers in the greater Justice Rising network.
It’s been beautiful to see the response of parents at the Love Does Primary school.
Everyone is amazed that the school has been rebuilt after it was destroyed by a
volcano in May of 2021. We’ve received many comments from parents that they’re
so grateful to see the school hasn’t given up on the children. It was devastating to
see it destroyed, so the rebuilt school represents an immense amount of hope for
The country experienced a lot of violence recently, displacing hundreds of
thousands of people, particularly affecting the region of Goma. But
during that stressful time, it was apparent that school was a safe, fun haven for the
students, solidifying the importance of education particularly in areas of conflict.
Where is it?
The school is in Goma, a city on the far east side of the Democratic Republic of Congo near the border of Rwanda. Goma is a conflict zone, the region has been unstable since the Kivu conflict, an armed conflict between the military and an armed rebel group, began in 2004.
Why did we want to build it?
Educating children living in conflict zones empowers them to break the cycle of war and build a culture of peace. Attending school restores normalcy, even in the midst of conflict, and helps to restore hope in these communities.
Love Does, in partnership with Justice Rising operates our school with the following goals and standards:
- Hire and train excellent teachers that never use physical punishment, and actively work to fight for the success of each student.
- Prioritize girl’s education and have full gender parity in enrollment.
- Along with a quality education, students are taught character development, peace building skills, conflict resolution and leadership.
We are cheering these amazing students and staff on in all they do!