EPCM school provides general education plus the opportunity to specialize in a technical subject for college (after the tenth form). There is a kindergarten, a primary school and a secondary school enabeling students to pass the school leaving exam (in German: 'Abitur'; similar to British A-level).
As for the technical diploma (German: Fachabitur) students can choose between pharmacy assistant training, laboratory, hospital nurse training or even hotel management and tourism. For the practical training within the pharmacy assistant programme, the school provides several laboratories. The number of girls and boys attending EPCM is about 1.000.
As a matter of principle, every child and every young person can attend EPCM. For primary school and for college they simply have to register. However, those who wish to attend technical vocational education, must have successfully completed 10th form, and they have to pass an entry exam.
EPCM is situated in the quarter of Kajaga, about 15 km north of Burundi's capital. At present, the centre consists of two identical building blocks, running parallel, and one smaller building closing the compound. In one part of the building kindergarten and primary school are situated, separated from college and the technical school with its laboratories in the other part.
By the way, the school's name goes back to Charlemagne, the German Emperor (lat. Carolus Magnus) who introduced and developed the school system in ancient Germany – he was a great agent for education.