Knowledge is power, and education is the fundamental precondition for political development, democracy and social justice. Francis Bacon
Like Francis Bacon, we believe that an educated community is an essential prerequisite to overcoming poverty.
We strive to educate our students in a community where over 60 % of primary students at local government schools fail their examinations and where English as a language is not yet taught. English is the medium of all secondary school studies and is a prerequisite to meaningful employment and a professional career.
Children of Peace Preschool
There are now over 300 orphans receiving education at the Children of Peace School that operates in the village of Igondola in partnership with the local community of St John’s Anglican parish that manages the school, provides cooks and other staff, homes for the orphans, men to construct buildings on a voluntary basis and women as foster mothers to to care for and love each child., Amani’s role is to fund all building and equipment costs, teacher training and meeting all on-going running costs.
The Prince of Peace Primary School
At the village of Mvumi Makulu, about 8 kilometres from the Amani Centre, Hearts for Africa has funded the construction of the Prince of Peace Preschool and (on a separate campus) the Prince of Peace Primary school. Ultimately, we aim to cater for all primary school grades (one to seven) so more funding is required each year to add classrooms, teachers and students. It is an English Medium school and this is important as students who speak English have many more work opportunities. To provide greater opportunities for students, all teaching is conducted in English to prepare them for the workplace or further study. The school includes a library a multi-purpose building with kitchen facilities, toilet blocks and both solar and electric power.
Hearts for Africa (Amani) Foundation and its US partner sponsors students at all levels from preschool to university by meeting a significant percentage of their education costs including school or college fees, uniforms, text books and boarding costs at distant locations. The higher education students are sponsored on the basis they will be employed in leadership positions by the local community, local government or Amani once the students graduate and gain the requisite experience. All sponsored students (or their parents) are asked to do manual work at Amani in partial compensation for the benefits they receive.