Faraja School Complex , Maniema
The Faraja School Complex is registered as an NGO with the provincial government.
Kindu, Maniema province
Kindu town, but the school is open to any deaf and/or mute person in Maniema province
Sectors of InterventionEducation; vocational training
The Faraja School Complex (Complexe scolaire Faraja) is a school founded in 2005 for children with hearing and/or speech impairments in Maniema province. The founder, Ngongo Ngenyanga, is a specialist in sign language who was concerned about the lack of educational opportunities for impaired children. After conducting an initial survey of Kindu town and identifying 30 deaf children marginalized by their families because of hearing impairments, Mr. Ngenyanga launched the school using his own money. He started by training another teacher in sign language and receiving materials from a school for the deaf in Kisangani (in Orientale province). The Faraja School Complex now has a nursery school and primary school for impaired children, plus a primary school for hearing pupils. This year the primary school for impaired children will have its first graduates, who will take the national test for completion of primary education (Test national de fin d’études primaries, or TENAFEP). For fall 2011, the Faraja School Complex plans to start a secondary school for the graduates of its primary school. In addition, the Faraja School Complex has a professional training center for impaired adults, which offers trainings in sewing and carpentry. Faraja has worked with international donors, including UNDP, GIZ (formerly GTZ), UNICEF, and RENADEF.
MissionThe Faraja School Complex seeks to give deaf and mute children the opportunity to freely express themselves and have the chance to benefit from formal education. The center also seeks to assist youths and adults with life skills so they can become self-reliant through various entrepreneurial activities.
- Give hearing- and speech-impaired individuals the ability to read and write
- Offer a comprehensive, quality education to children with hearing and speech impairments
- Provide vocational training to adults with hearing and speech impairments
Populations ServedThe Faraja School Complex primarily works with deaf and mute individuals but also with nonimpaired youths attending its primary school.
- Nursery school: Thirty-seven children are enrolled in the nursery school. Students learn sign language in addition to a standard curriculum.
- Special primary school: One hundred fifty children are enrolled in the special primary school. Students learn sign language in addition to a standard curriculum.
- Regular primary school: Eighty-nine children are enrolled in the regular primary school. Students learn only a standard curriculum.
- Carpentry class: Eleven adults are enrolled in the carpentry class.
- Sewing class: Nineteen adults are enrolled in the sewing class.
- Teacher training: The Faraja center’s founder has trained 12 teachers in sign language, all of whom currently work in the center’s schools. There are weekly training sessions for all teachers.
- Community education: The Faraja center conducts frequent sensitization sessions in Kindu to inform schools, religious institutions, and other organizations about hearing impairment and the hearing impaired.
The Faraja center has a general assembly that meets once a year to review the center’s past and future work plans. The general assembly appoints a management committee that meets once a month to oversee the center’s activities and conducts internal evaluations of the school’s programs. The management committee also consults with a parents committee, which meets quarterly. The parents committee oversees the center’s finances, of which 30 percent is allocated for operational expenses and 70 percent for teachers’ salaries. An internal committee meets once a week to review the school’s programs; it reports to the management committee. The center has 18 staff: seven teachers for the hearing and speech impaired, five teachers for hearing students, two teachers for sewing, two teachers for carpentry, and two employees for administration and management. All employees undergo three months of training in sign language, as well as regular refresher training.
The Faraja center has an account with the financial cooperative COOPEC IMARA. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, the Faraja center has:
- A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
- A computerized accounting system: NO
- A clearly defined accounting process: YES
- Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
- Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES
- A dedicated and qualified staff
- The only formal center for hearing- and speech-impaired persons
- Its own building
- Computers for use in its education programs
- Electricity and access to drinking water
- Greater financial and professional support for its teachers
- A health center with specialized care for people with hearing and speech impairments
- More and better sewing machines for its class
Funders and BudgetFor 2010, the Faraja center’s budget was approximately $21,500. Funders include national and provincial government agencies, school fees, donations from local residents, and profits from selling clothes, furniture, and bricks made by its vocational students.
- Construction of a building with three classrooms
- Establishment of two schools and two vocational-training classes for people with hearing and/or speech impairments
- In 2011, the first deaf students in Maniema will sit for the national primary school test.
Organizational VisionBecome a reference center that offers formal and professional education to hearing- and speech-impaired youths in Maniema. In the long run, the organization would like to open education centers in each of Maniema’s seven territories.
- Constructing new classrooms: The Faraja center would like to construct six new classrooms for its current nursery and primary school classes, and for its vocational training programs. In addition, it would use the additional space to enable creation of a secondary school. Cost: $88,750 (for six months)
- Constructing and equipping a health center: The Faraja center would like to create a comprehensive health center that has specialized services for the hearing and speech impaired. The project would involve construction of a health center, acquisition of basic medicines and equipment, and training of medical staff in sign language. Cost: $51,920 (for six months)
- Vocational training project: This project would equip a sewing workshop with new machines and materials, to improve the Faraja center’s current sewing class. It will also provide starting kits for thirty individuals with hearing and/or speech impairments.Cost: $30,552 (for three months)