Our Initiative

CAL/CONGO is a division of Canadian Peacemakers International, (CPI) that is a worldwide Non Profit Organization that shares love of God and compassion by responding to basic human needs. CPI was chartered in 1997 in Edmonton Alberta by a small group of Mennonites concerned about causes of violence in Central Africa. Currently, CPI has two major projects: Village Building and Computer Assisted Learning CAL.The Computer Assisted Leaning program enables learners to learn “informally’’ through observation and imitation. CAL student do not need a teacher to learn. CAL will now be active in the Democratic Republic Congo.

CAL has no teachers and relies on group learning, cutting costs by over 90% for rural Congolese who couldn’t otherwise afford school. Over a dozen satellite schools have been added in partnering communities. Each computer includes curriculum for Grade
7-9, Grade 1-6 (for adults), the GED preparation manual, a library of over 450 titles and much more. Our CAL programme is to welcome anyone and everyone that wants to get an approved education at their pace. But the difference is education disparity due to parent’s lack of school fees.It’s not age restrictive nor gender restrictive…young and old are encouraged to come and get their education on.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) education system is plagued by low coverage and poor quality. 3.5 million children of primary school age are not in school, and of those who do attend, 44 percent start school late, after the age of six. National data indicate that only 67 percent of children who enter first grade will complete sixth grade. Of those who reach 6th grade, only 75 percent will pass the exit exam.