The Principal, Charmant Mututa, heads the team of 17 dedicated staff.
All teaching is in sign language. The students are taught the Government’s curriculum requirements. Other subjects, such as hand-and machine-sewing for girls and woodworking and carpentry for boys, help equip students for a future in North Kivu society.
When Ephphatha began, staff had to seek out deaf students who were hidden by parents because of the stigma of their disability. This is no longer the case, as the school’s excellent reputation has helped remove this stigma associated with deafness, and parents gladly bring their children to the centre.
Given that care for deaf-mute people is very rare in Africa and the developing world, this is a special ministry.