CAR school kids defy war, pass with flying colours

car kidsFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of children displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) have defied brutality to perform excellently in the just-concluded school examinations.
The minors are taught at the so-called temporary learning spaces (TLS) following the closure of more than 400 schools shut after being taken over by armed groups, a lack of teachers or the destruction of school property during combat.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), at the final examinations held in June, the pass rate for children participating in the TLS was 89 percent.
In the most-affected areas of Bambari and Kaga Bandoro, the pass rate after primary school children took the final year examinations was an astounding 100 percent.
“This is a significant achievement, demonstrating the success and quality of learning in Education in Emergencies programme,” said a spokesperson of Unicef.
Incessant clashes between Islamist and Christian radicals have battered the Central African country since 2013.
Months of renewed fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) have led to an increasing number of violent acts committed against children, including murders, abductions, rape and recruitment into armed groups.So far this year, close to 10 000 children have dropped out of school.
The landlocked Central African country is gripped by militancy by Christian diehards and Muslims radicals since the overthrow of François Bozizé Yangouvonda.
The administration of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra has battled to contain the lawlessness.
– CAJ News

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