Minzoto School Founding and History
The school that would grow to become Minzoto School was founded in 1982 when a few local development workers stationed in Dungu recruited Francisca Thelin, one of the founders of Friends of Minzoto, to teach their young daughters. At the time, no preschool educational programs were available in Dungu, All other schools were public schools organized by the national government. Francisca initially taught just four girls on the porch outside one of the parents' homes. As news of the preschool program spread, Francisca welcomed more students. Over the years, with its stable educational environment and more structured course work than was available in the public schools, it grew into a primary school. In the 1990s, the school was renamed “Minzoto”, meaning “stars”. In November, 2014, Minzoto School was serving 528 students in grades K-6 in delapidated classrooms that were built in the mid-1980s, with only a two door latrine (with no handwashing stations) for both students and faculty.
Minzoto School Today
Since its founding, Minzoto School has strived to provide the best education possible to its students, a number of whom have gone on to become doctors, nurses, teachers and priests. The school is an invaluable resource for the Dungu community, where access to education has a critical role to play in the town's recovery and development. However, the school is struggling to rebuild from profound damage to buildings, equipment and teaching materials suffered under the LRA’s reign of terror. Courageous, dedicated teachers and their 528 students are coping with crumbling classrooms, leaking roofs, inadequate latrines, and a lack of blackboards, classroom materials and books. The Parents Committee serves as the managing body for the school and it is their vision for reconstruction that Friends of Minzoto is helping to make possible by connecting them with resources and expertise necessary for their plans and efforts to succeed. To learn about Minzoto School's completed, ongoing and planned reconstruction and improvement efforts, visit our Projects page.
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