UNICEF condemns the tragic deaths of finals students in North Kivu province

28 August 2020

KINSHASA, 28 August 2020 - Two students were reported to have been killed on Thursday (27 August) in the Masisi area of North Kivu province following a confrontation between the security forces and an armed group near an exams centre.

North Kivu Education Director  Salomon Shalumoo Tsambali said the students were killed while sitting the second day of the National Primary End-of-Studies Test in Ngoyi Primary School.  The office of the President confirmed that two students were killed in the attack. An investigation is underway in the area to determine the details.

“UNICEF offers its condolences to the families of the children and condemns in the strongest terms this attack near a testing center,” said UNICEF Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Deputy Representative Katya Marino. “All parties to the conflict must protect schools and ensure the safety of children in accordance with international law."

In 2016, the DRC signed the Declaration on Safe Schools, committing the country to do its utmost to promote and protect the right to education in areas of armed conflict.

The UN children’s agency is working with the government and its partners in areas affected by violence to provide learning kits for students and teachers hampered by conflict and sudden population movements.

UNICEF is also renovating destroyed schools to ensure equitable quality of education in a healthy and protective environment.

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