The new educational model of the House of Peace

The new educational model of the House of Peace

A multipurpose education and human promotion centre is rising in the heart of Africa, on an area of 12 hectares and with an investment over € 2 million. It networks more than 20 institutions, sure that only education can promote development.


Democratic Republic of Congo


In Kiwit, a little city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Foundation is supporting the development of a new educational model. It is that one experimented in the «House of Peace», the multipurpose education and human promotion centre created in network by the Italian Association SFERA Onlus.
About a third of the construction works are completed: the local operators have moved to the new Centre; kindergarten and elementary school have started; agricultural activity gives the first crops. The official inauguration was held on 27 April 2019 (the video is available in the Supplements section).
Once completed, the Centre will also include male and female training centres, professional and artistic laboratories, outpatient clinics, a multipurpose church / salon.


The projects wants to promote development trhough education. The «House of Peace»:
– proposes training for all and for life, involving pupils, students and their parents, trainers and local actors;
– invests on the integration between education and work in the professional laboratories;
– educates young Congolese to the citizenship and the social responsibility, for the realization of a more just and welcoming society.
The specific goal of the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation is to develop a new educational model focus on an integral education to which can be connected the different social, health, economic, artistic activities... For this, the Foundation takes care of the monitoring and evaluation of the project, in view of its replicability in other contexts.


Project heads are the Italian Association SFERA Onlus, the Institute of the Angeline Franciscan Sisters and the Association pour l’Economie de Communion, Congolese emanation of the Focolare Movement. Together they set up the Maison de Paix Association, in charge of managing the Centre.

To support them, a network of public and private subjects, which take care of different aspects of the Centre depending on their respective. Among these, three universities: Université Catholique du Congo (Kinshasa), Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta (Rome) and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan).

The project has the approval of the Diocese of Kikwit and the local Nunciature, has the support of the Italian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, through the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation.


Brochure March 2021 (ENG)
Opuscolo Marzo 2021 (ITA)
Dieci anni con e per il Congo / Dix ans avec et pour le Congo 2019 (ITA/FRA)
Programma Casa della Pace 2018 (ITA)
Programme Maison de Paix 2018 (FRA)

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