Congo Initiative and the Christian Bilingual University of Congo/Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC)
Congo Initiative (CI) is a Congolese-envisioned and Congolese-led organization based in Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. CI cultivates disciples of Jesus Christ who pursue the welfare of their communities. Congo Initiative’s mission is to raise up and develop indigenous, Christian leaders who are transformed, and active in transforming their communities. A core initiative of CI is Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC) / Christian Bilingual University of Congo, an accredited academic institution that seeks to form servant leaders through integrating academics, service learning and Christian ethics in order “to model, nurture and shape an authentic redemptive community of Christ followers.”
- Church Renewal and Global Mission
- Family Renewal
- Professional Development and Vocation Training
- Partnerships and Development
- Creative Arts
Additionally, established in late August 2011, Radio Tele Bilingue (“The Voice of Transformation”) is a radio station that not only provides UCBC’s communications students with an opportunity to learn the basics of media and radio production, but also grants UCBC with another avenue to engage the 500,000+ Congolese that reside within the radio station’s 40-kilometer transmission radius.
Listen to what UCBC students have to say:
UCBC understands community engagement as an integral part of student’s higher education. The Service Learning Program at UCBC is an important part of this commitment. Service Learning integrates academic rigor with local realities to connect course material to community need.
The Service Learning Program is organized around the following goals:
- Encourage students to examine how their capabilities intersect with community needs.
- Engage students in dialogue with their communities to build civic responsibility among graduates.
- Connect academic inquiry and professional skills with local realities.
- Offer a forum for reflection on and expanding awareness of community needs.