Clashes bring schooling to a halt

schoolFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC,KINSHASA,(CAJ News)MORE than 150 000 children are missing out on school as violence and attacks against civilian populations persist in the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Since the start of violence in August 2016 when government forces killed a tribal leader, 639 primary and secondary schools have been damaged by attacks and many unaffected schools are now being used as emergency accommodation for displaced families.In the ensuing clashes between forces and militia loyal to Kamuina Nsapu,school facilities have been also been occupied by fighting forces and lingering insecurity has created a culture of fear, leaving children and teachers unwilling or unable to return to the classroom.United Nations Children’s Fund Acting Representative in DRC, Dr Tajudeen Oyewale, expressed concern.“Schools should be safe places where children can learn and begin to recover from the stress of the displacement or the memories of what they might have seen. Returning to the classroom can give children a small sense of normality in troubled times.”UNICEF estimates that more than one in ten children of primary school age in the region have had their schooling interrupted as a result of violence. Many schools in the region have not been operating for more than 100 days.The agency is supporting more than 3 600 children to take the national primary school final exam to help them advance to middle school, even in the midst of the crisis.UNICEF needs $40,2 million (R518 million) for its emergency response in the Greater Kasaï region.
– CAJ News

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