High up on the Plateau of eastern DR Congo, five hours’ drive and three hours’ walk away from the nearest city, support from government or other agencies in short supply. But quietly, without fuss, the headteacher of Bibangwa gets things done.
The parents of Bibangwa actually petitioned the Ministry of Education to recruit Mr Ndatabaye. He’d been headteacher before, but had left to further his studies. The school suffered in his absence. There was virtually no maintenance of the building, pupils soon started to leave, joining other schools in the hope of getting a better education.
Within a few months of his return, Mr Ndatabaye had Bibangwa community mobilised, carrying out essential repairs, patching up holes in the roofs and walls. These and other improvements have had pupils flooding back to the school.