Groundbreaking Ceremony for Samuel Mutombo Institute of Science & Entrepreneurship


July 25, 2020 – (Atlanta, GA) – On Sunday, July 26, 2020 the ground-breaking ceremony for the Samuel Mutombo Institute of Science & Entrepreneurship will take place in Mbuji – Mayi, (Kasai Province) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Samuel Mutombo Institute was formed by the vision of Samuel Mutombo who was raised and educated in the Kasai Province.  Mr. Mutombo went on to teach for 37 years and later served as a Principal and General Superintendent of schools in the Congo before he retired. He was deeply passionate about teaching, but most of all, he loved encouraging children to do their very best. This school is being built by the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in his memory.

The Samuel Mutombo Institute will serve the children in the city of Mbuji-Mayi, Kasai Province and surrounding communities. It will be an environment where boys and girls will have equal access to an education. The new school will open in September 2021 with an initial enrollment of 660 students. The educational structure will be pre-K to 12th grade with an eventual enrollment of 780 students. This new school will be committed to academic excellence and it will empower every student regardless of income to reach their best potential in life.  

NBA Global Ambassador and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo is the son of the late Samuel Mutombo. Unable to attend the ceremony due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Mutombo said, “an investment in these deserving children is an investment in their families, communities, and country, as well as in their futures.  Just like my father, I believe that educated boys and girls can grow up to become great leaders, scholars, economists, physicians, and entrepreneurs and that one day my country will no longer be considered developing, it will be developed”.

On site to represent the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation will be; Mr. Louman Mpoy and Mr. Ruffin Nsumbu from the capital city of Kinshasa. The governor of the Kasai Province, the mayor of Mbuji-Mayi as well as local government officials will also be in attendance.  In accordance with DRC protocol, a representative from the central government is also expected to attend the live-streaming ceremony.

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