Education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future. But, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nearly 7 million children aged 5 to 17 are out of school.
The economic sluggishness caused by the fall in raw material costs, the political fragility resulting from the upsurge of social crises and other natural disasters have not allowed the DRC to achieve universal primary education. This situation is exacerbated by the non-application of the school free measure, however, decreed by the Government. The majority of direct and indirect expenses related to the schooling of children are borne by the parents, including school operating costs and teacher bonuses that are not in the official system or are paid late.
In addition to these economic disparities, there is the uneven distribution of school infrastructure, socio-cultural barriers and other vulnerabilities such as child labor and marriage, early pregnancy and disability. In th country, 52.7% of girls aged 5 to 17 do not attend school.
In terms of quality of education and internal efficiency, the results of the analysis of student achievement demonstrate high repetition rates and dropout. The low rate of qualified teachers and their inequitable distribution are not conducive to promoting quality education.