War forces millions of DRC kids out of school

war child kidsFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 7 million children are out of school as the education crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaches alarming levels.
The effects of a lack of education are most acute in the conflict torn
Kasai provinces.
Since August 2016, the intensifying violence has displaced 850 000
children and left over 900 schools destroyed.
The schools that are open are being used as shelter for displaced families.
Conflict has also been detrimental to other parts of the Central African
country.
In Kalemie town in Tanganyika province, out-of-school rates among
displaced children from 6-11 years are as high as 92 percent – an increase of 76 percent over the course of the year.
Over the last two decades, DRC has experienced new and recurrent conflicts that have forced more than 3,8 million people to flee their homes. Most refugees are school-aged children.
“The dire education funding situation puts many children at risk of
illiteracy, and puts them at a disadvantage for finding future employment for generations,” warned Celestin Kamori, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s  (NRC) education programme coordinator in DRC.
Kamori said when children are displaced, they are forced to suspend their education, or dropout together.
“This disruption to their development hinders their personal progress, and has detrimental effects to the socio-economics of the entire country.”
An already weak educational system that is unable to absorb shocks caused by chronic conflict compounds DRC’s emergency education.

– CAJ News

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