We want to see all children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have the opportunity to receive a quality education. We are working towards this by:
- Increasing children’s access to formal and non-formal education opportunities
- Ensuring children who attend school are learning
What is the problem?
Access to education for children in the DRC is a big obstacle. The public education system is plagued by poor quality teachers, inadequate infrastructure and lack of resources. The void left by the state in the area of education is being filled by private entities. Because 65% of primary schools are private, the costs prohibit many children from receiving an education.
In Kasais, families are struggling to provide supplies and uniforms and pay even minor fees for their children to attend state schools.
- Only 4.9% of children between 3 and 5 are attending early childhood education programs
- Although 80% of children between 6 and 11 years old report going to school, only 57% complete their primary education
- Less than 1% of children live in homes where with at least 3 books
- 7 out of 10 children are not enrolled or have dropped out of school because their parents cannot afford to pay the school fees
How is World Vision addressing the issues?
We are working with partners and the government of DRC to bridge the gaps in education by:
- Partnering to develop infrastructure and provide access to clean water when necessary
- Building community awareness about the importance of education and facilitating the creation of Parent Teacher Associations that can advocate for the education of their children
- Providing equipment so schools have the tools they need to make learning interesting and engaging
- Training teachers in modern teaching techniques especially focused on literacy
- Creating libraries filled with books in children’s native tongues to make reading fun
- Helping parents earn more income through savings groups so they can pay for their children’s necessary school fees
- Working in conflict-affected areas, like Kasais, to repair the damage done to schools, train teachers in peacebuilding activities and conflict resolution and provide psychosocial support to children
Is what World Vision doing working?
Yes! More children are finishing their primary education and more children are learning to read with comprehension.
What’s the impact?*
- Our education-focused programs reached 420,730 people in 2016 and 2017
- 33% more children are finishing primary education (64% in 2017 compared with 48% three years earlier)
- 78% more children can read with comprehension by the end of grade 6 (40% in 2017 compared with 22.5% three years earlier)
- 33,215 locally-relevant and developmentally-appropriate reading materials were developed and distributed
- 21,708 children were reached through emergency education programmes in Kasais since August 2017
*Unless otherwise noted, numbers are from 2016 and 2017