In Equatorial Guinea EBM INTERNATIONAL together with the local Baptist church support different projects. There are two schools in Malabo and Evinayong with a total of 1000 students and 70 staff members.
“El Buen Pastor – The Good Shepherd” is the name of the school that is found on the church property of the Baptist church in the capital Malabo on the island “Bioko”. There is a preschool, a primary school, and a secondary school. More than 700 students between the ages of 4 and 20 of different social classes are being taught here.
Up to 300 children are attending the preschool and the primary school “Talita Cumi” which is located in Evinayong, the inland of the continental part of Equatorial Guinea. For the schools it is important to provide a holistic education. The people in charge are putting an emphasis on the social, intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. In addition to the school routine, there are activities like cultural weeks, speeches and practical works in small groups, a youth paper, and a musical and theatrical group. The extracurricular activities are closely knit with the local Baptist church. The children receive a meal in the facility and the health status of the students is always being checked as well.
Though the schools have good equipment, there is a lack of teaching materials or computers and other technical devices.
Also, the facilities and the equipment has to be maintained and renovated constantly. Some children and youth need support with their tuition.
Many years ago Spanish Baptists took the responsibility for the work at those schools and this has been attached closely to EBM INTERNATIONAL for a long time. All the current missionaries that are active for EBM INTERNATIONAL in that area are from Spain. Together they want to give the responsibility for these big projects into the hands of local people.