The education situation in Congo is alarming. According to a report released in September 2017, 7.4 million children are out of school across the country. Despite this, only 4 percent of humanitarian funds have been received for education. Congo has experienced new and recurrent conflicts, including in the territory of Beni, displacing more than 3.8 million people including 684,000 school-aged children.
Decades of conflict and a colonial legacy have left an education system characterized by rote memorization, lack of integration between theory and practice, an absence of critical thinking, and a lack of access to quality education. Under colonial rule, Congolese were also largely excluded from higher education and any senior level positions in the military or government. At the time of independence, there were approximately only 30 Congolese with a university education.
WHY EDUCATION MATTERS
As the Nelson Mandela once famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Education changes everything and acts as a catalyst for wider transformation. In short, education transforms lives.
To unlock the wider benefits of education, all children need the chance to complete not only primary school, but secondary education as well. But, we believe it can’t stop there. Post-education is also critical to help Congo flourish. And, not any kind of educaton.
Congo Initiative equips the next generation of transformational leaders who think critically, apply their learning to the challenges of their context, and who view their education as holistic formation for leadership and service.