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SCHOOLS OF FASPEBI

“Everyone has the right to be educated in the language of the land in which he lives."
- Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights

Our NGO runs 12 schools on 4 islands (Bubaque, Orangozinho, Imbone, and Canhabaque) in the Bijagos' Archipelago of Guinea-Bissau. We teach more than 400 students. We're proud to offer our students a bilingual education, in Creole which is the most widely spoken language in Guinea-Bissau, and in Portuguese.

"Garandi kuma i ka un pe son ku pui kaminhu limpu."
(a Guinean Creole saying)

"The wise say, a single pick-axe isn't enough to make a trail."
Explanation: Development requires an effort by everyone, only with collective work can we reach our goal.

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THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION

In January 1998, with financial help from CIDAC and the European Union, Faspebi organized a Round Table that included the participation of more than 70 invitees, in Bubaque with the motto: "Basic Education and Development in the Bijago Archipelago.

Among the guests were the Minister of Education, Dr. Odatte Semedo, the Director of Basic Education, Dr. Carlos Cardoso, and other representatives of NGOs and schools present in the Bijagos' Archipelago.

Several problems were discussed. One of the most important recommendations was to re-institute the discontinued Bilingual Education project of CEEF (Experimental Center of Education and Graduation), which had been active from 1987 to 1992 in four places in Guinea-Bissau, among them the island of Uno. The positive results of this initiative, teaching and reading and writing in Creole and then moving on to Portuguese Education, had encouraged its continuation ...

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