Towards the realization of the right to an education for all

Analysis of the situation of children and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Twenty-five years ago, on November 20, 1989, the international community explicitly recognized children as full beings with social, economic, civil, cultural and political rights - fundamental, mandatory and non-negotiable rights. By unanimously adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the international community recognized the right of children to education.

By ratifying the Convention on 27 September 1990, less than a year after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) undertook to ensure that children exercise this right gradually. and on the basis of equal opportunities. Twenty-five years later, it seems particularly appropriate to appreciate the reality of this promise made by the DRC to his children. UNICEF is particularly grateful to the DRC government for understanding the importance of education and for undertaking courageous reforms benefiting from a growing share of the state budget and supported by technical and financial partners. .

As the report points out, very real progress has been made, particularly in the area of ​​schooling and reducing gender gaps. But many challenges remain to enable every child, especially those from the poorest and most vulnerable communities, to complete the school cycle and benefit from quality education.

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