Interview with Daniel Kasongo

Sedar, our library facilitator in the Kavumu camp, has been conducting interviews and writing articles for the Ideas Box blog. Before arriving to Burundi, he was a radio host and budding journalist in Goma. Today he interviews Daniel Kasongo, the teacher in Kavumu camp.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Daniel: My name is Daniel Kasongo. I am the elementary school teacher in Kavumu camp. I arrived in Burundi last year after fleeing the war in the Congo.

How did you come to know the Ideas Box?
I first heard about it at the school where I teach and I was interested right away.

What do you like about it?
What I like the most is the Voltaire project in the tablets because it helps my performance as a teacher, especially with grammar correction. But I also love the books and the information they contain. However, I still have not had the time to explore all the contents.

So, what do you think about the Ideas Box? Do you find it useful?
Yes. It makes me forget all the bad things from my country that haunt my thoughts. For me, it is a place where I can relax and feel "de-traumatized". I think the Ideas Box will remain for me a safe place where I can heal.

Do you think it will help you in the future?
Since I come from the Congo, a Francophone country, the Ideas Box will help me improve my oral skills and give my life a momentum by helping me pursue a career in politics to defend my country within the French-speaking world. I also dream of becoming a journalist.

How can you contribute to advance the Ideas Box?
I will raise awareness among teachers to make them understand how important it is to seek knowledge and thrive, because through the Ideas Box I have also discovered music, expanded my vocabulary and explored the world...

By Zamukulu Watula Sédar de Vigny.