Central African Republic Success Story

Success Story: How Jean-Pierre went from a concerned parent to school principal

In many localities in the Central African Republic (CAR), parents are forced to take on the role of teachers due to a severe shortage in qualified staff. ACTED offers these "Parents-Educators" the opportunity to follow a formal training course to ensure students receive the best possible education.

In Obo, in the south-east of the Central African Republic (CAR), an ACTED project has enabled Jean-Pierre, a Parent-Teacher, to become the Director of the school in which he was already teaching. 43 Parent-Teachers have already benefitted from the action.

Jean Pierre stands outside his school in Obo
Jean Pierre stands outside his school in Obo, Central African Republic

Before 2016, teachers were flat on the ground; they had nothing, none of them had any kind of training.

Jean-Pierre, School Director

1.4 million people
in CAR are in need of humanitarian assistance

 

 

The problems of access to quality education, coupled with the precarious socio-economic situaion and population displacements are collectively responsible for low levels of school enrolement at the primary level in CAR (only 51% of those eligible). These factors also contribute to the weak enrolement rates at secondary level, which sits at only 11% (with only 3% of women enrolling in secondary education). Such statistics are likely to have severe impacts on CAR’s future development progress, given how 13-18 year olds represent 20% of the total population.

CAR Humanitarian Response Plan – 2019 (French Version)

A new arrival at the training centre...

Jean-Pierre’s journey began with a 35-day training course in Zemio, in 2016, which he attended with other parents from all over the prefecture. At the time he was an active Parent-Teacher, leading a class of 85 fourth-grade studens in Obo. Beyond improving his knowledge of professionalized teaching standards, Jean Pierre also obtained a certificate of completion and received crucial classroom teaching materials which were so lacking in his school in Obo.

A decisive training

At the beginning of the project, Jean-Pierre took part in an intensive 5-day training course aimed at parents with extensive teaching experience. This training included courses on: school management, school logistics, social and recreational activities, and ensuring that the facilities were accessible to students living with disability. “I woke up during this training,” said Jean-Pierre, who added that he is now more confident dealing with the complex situations that can arise in classrooms, as well as the measures required to ensure equal access opportunities for children with disabilities.

A recently rehabilitated school in Obo which allows for wheel chair access.

A turning point in Jean-Pierre's life

The training was a turning point for Jean-Pierre: “The School Inspector and the Head of Sector observed my conduct and teaching and decided to appoint me as Director. I started  at the École Bonne Semence d’Obo in September 2018. Thanks to this project, Jean-Pierre felt he had finally broken out of old rhythms and was beginning to make up for lost time, especially at the intellectual level. “Being promoted to director has really been a great success for me,” he said.

Being promoted to School Director was truly a great personal achievement for me.

Jean-Pierre, School Director

School Sign, CAR
A sign in the road alerts drivers to the presence of a nearby school.
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