Despite its substantial natural resource, wealth and imposing size, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) ranks among the poorest countries in the world.
Decades of ongoing conflict and violence in DR Congo has been displacing people since the early 1990s. On-going inter-ethnic violence and insecurity in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu, in particular, have caused large-scale displacement over the past several years. The conflict has also seen the active targeting of education and as such many school buildings have been destroyed leaving many children out of school.
Along with local partners we are working to revitalise the education system and improve communities’ ability to support their families and their children’s education.
We are taking a multi-level approach that includes school construction and rehabilitation, teacher training, school quality management, engaging parents, removing economic barriers to education and tackling social and cultural barriers that prevent disadvantaged girls from receiving education.
In total, we aim to support 20,000 children in DR Congo over the coming years.