THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO, International School of Pointe-Noire

24 Apr

Here we have the design to represent students from The International School of Pointe-Noire in The Republic of The Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). This colourful piece has been collaboratively designed by all students from the School. Well done to everyone involved.

” Our students have just completed a yearly performance, through which they earn money that they dedicate to humanitarian projects around the world. Their performance company is called Peace Productions Unlimited, and it is dedicated, like you are, to sending out ripples in the service of advancing peace on the planet.
The focus for the past two years’ performances has been the people of Africa, most recently the many orphaned children of Pointe-Noire, where we live.”  Jeff Bushnell

Middle School Reflections on Peace Productions Unlimited:

I’ve learned so much, about directing and teaching, but even more, about myself, about what is important, and about what I can do.  I can’t even describe it all, it’s so big. (seventh grade performance director)

I couldn’t wait to get out of the school; I was so ready to leave.  Then Peace Productions Unlimited work happened.  I got to work with all of you. I feel so connected now.  Now I can’t imagine ever leaving.  (eighth grade performance director)

Now, I know what I want to do.  I want to teach.  I want to teach first grade. I come to the first grade room and feel unconditional love from everyone—working on PPU lifts me up—this is my favorite place in the school.  I absolutely have to do something to make a difference.  I know that now.  (eighth grade performance director)

 You have helped us grow and become the people we are today. Thank you for teaching us peace, friendship, love, and to be ourselves inside and out. You have helped us to realize our greatness and abilities in the world. You have helped us to take care of those who are not so well off and need assistance.  You help make this world a better place every day. You enlighten us to follow our dreams and see faith in everything that we do. You have sent out so many ripples of love, hope, peace and kindness. They have lifted up so many hearts, including ours!  (two eighth grade performance directors)-

Thanks  to Jeff  Bushnell M.Ed. and Traci Bushnell M.Ed. Co Principals in this school for helping us to include young people from The Republic of Congo.
The motto of the Republic of the Congo is ‘Unite-Travail-Progress’; which translates to ‘Unity-Labor-Progress’. The Republic of the Congo is often called Congo-Brazzaville, to avoid confusion with the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as Congo-Kinshasa (formerly Zaire).
The earliest inhabitants of the region were Pygmy people. Today many Pygmies in Congo live in precarious conditions, to which UNICEF and human-rights activists have voiced their concerns .On 30 December 2010, the Congolese parliament adopted a law for the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples. This law is the first of its kind in Africa, and its adoption is a historic development for indigenous peoples on the continent
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