Access to education for internally displaced children

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of Africa’s largest countries, but also still one of the poorest. The lives of its people are characterised by a daily struggle to survive. Although school attendance is compulsory, schools and universities are normally the preserve of the rich elite. It would, however, be hugely important for the country’s development if everyone had a basic education. Not even one child in three completes primary education, and an estimated 4.7 million children do not go to school. Furthermore, the country, especially Kivu province in the east, is still in a state of unrest. Bloody conflicts occur again and again. In their despair, many people have left everything behind to go and live in the DRC’s safe areas, in primitive camps, where they wait longingly for the time when they can return home. Until then they are dependent on aid...

The project in brief:                                                

Under this project children from six different refugee camps will receive a quality education. Many of them only learned to read and write just before they had to leave their homes, and now they risk forgetting what they learned if they do not go to school again for a long time.

The 500 project participants will have half their school fees paid for them by the project. The idea is for the other half to be paid by their parents, so as to directly involve them in the project.

All children are provided with all the necessary school materials. Nevertheless, there are still those (especially girls) who drop out of school after a short time. In such cases our local partner organisation JRS contacts the parents to make them aware of the importance of education, and of equal rights for girls and boys.  Older pupils are also sensitised to certain dangers of everyday life, such as drugs and AIDS.

In order to ensure a good standard of education, 150 teachers regularly attend in-service training and are provided with the necessary teaching materials.

Total project cost: (2017-2020): €297 902

80% of this amount will be provided by the Luxembourg Foreign Ministry. The remaining 20% (€ 59 580,40) will be covered by CSI together with the partner organisation.

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