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Nest Congo

Mumosho, DR Congo

Nest Congo serves 84 under-resourced children ages 4-6 daily

Promoting freedom in learning

Nest Global began working in Mumosho, Democratic Republic of Congo in response to an identified need for a preschool program in the region, especially for children who are orphans or are unattended while their parents struggle to provide for their families.

 

In partnership with Action Kivu and the Dillon Henry Foundation, Nest Global created Nest Congo, a preschool at the Congo Peace School serving 84 children ages 4 to 6 daily. Nest Congo provides foundational early education and a nutritious daily meal to local children who would otherwise not have access to education.

 

Nest Congo is comprised of three classrooms, each filled with engaged children and teachers, enticing materials, plants, books and light. Cozy corners and nooks invite children to gather and think, create and learn together. The inquiry-based program is driven by students’ natural curiosity – the banana trees, cassava plants, and paw paw trees that make up the school’s surrounding environment spark endless exploration, theories and discovery.

 

At Nest Congo, nurturing teachers prioritize play, storytelling, and artistic expression, helping each child to develop their own voice and positive sense of self. By creating an environment where children have choice, voice and agency, the Nest Congo empowers its students to become change-makers in their lives and in their community.

“Nest Congo is equity in practice as it provides quality education to vulnerable and war-affected children living in extreme poverty. By promoting independence and freedom in the learning process — as opposed to forcing children to memorize facts — the Nest allows children to take initiative, think critically and prepares them to be leaders.”

- Amani Matabaro Tom, Founder of Congo Peace School

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