DRC : Hopeland Congo’s Agrischool Program Honors Champions of Best Student Competition on Responsible Agriculture in Kisantu.

June 8, 2024, will now mark a milestone in the history of agriculture in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It’s the day when Hope Land Congo, in partnership with the Kisantu Institute of Horticulture and Agriculture (ITHA), crowned the winners of its Agroecology training program.

Under the evocative name “Best student,” this initiative by Hopeland Congo has propelled young minds towards a future where agriculture is synonymous with responsibility and sustainability.

At the heart of this celebration, five young talents were rewarded for their unwavering commitment to the land and its untapped potential. But this day was not only about prizes and honors; it was a reflection of a common vision: to transform the Congolese agricultural landscape into a bastion of prosperity and environmental consciousness. This ceremony, marked by poignant speeches and eloquent testimonies, highlighted the crucial importance of agricultural education in building a sustainable future. The words of gratitude from school officials and representatives of Hope Land Congo underscored the profound impact this partnership has had on the educational community of ITHA Kisantu.

“We are proud to see our students embrace the mission of Agrischool with such determination and passion,” said Hope Land Congo’s coordinator, André Moliro, in his inspiring speech. “This is the beginning of an agricultural revolution, where every young person is armed with knowledge and ideals that will shape the future of our nation.” The winners, witnesses of this memorable day, expressed their gratitude to their teachers, mentors, and especially to the Agrischool team for believing in their potential and guiding them on the path to excellence.

“This is just the beginning,” said one of the laureates, eyes shining with hope. “With the knowledge we have gained through Agrischool, we are ready to face the challenges of tomorrow and shape a future where agriculture spells prosperity for all.”

This success would not have been possible without the generous support of the Segal Family Foundation and World Centric, whose commitment to sustainable development has been a crucial driving force behind this initiative. As the 2024-2025 school year looks promising for these ITHA students benefiting from scholarships and school kits, one thing was clear: Agrischool at Hope Land Congo is only beginning its journey towards a future where agriculture is more than just a profession; it’s a way of life guided by passion, responsibility, and respect for the land.

Franck Zongwe Lukama

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