Piarists reached Kinshaha, the capital of the DRC, in 2014. One Congolese, one Cameroonian and one Guinean Piarist established a mission in Congo under Piarist province of Central Africa. The first community, established by these three Piarists, was located in the neighbourhood known as Lemba. They currently have two communities, one located in the capital and the other one 62 miles (100km) to the south, in Kikonka.
The Pious School experiences the true reality of the second largest country in Africa, with an estimated population of around 80 million people. A country which is extremely rich in biodiversity, with the second largest tropical rainforest on the planet, it has a subsoil with a great mosaic of mineral products and borders the Congo River which facilitates trade throughout the country and large parts of Central Africa. In spite of this, the country suffers from severe economic instability which makes it one of the poorest countries in the world – in 176th place of 188 countries on the UN’s 2017 Human Development Index.
You will find three sheets available for download below. These can be worked on in class in order to gain further knowledge on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Piarists.