DRC conflict forces millions out of school

A humanitarian organisation says fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo has forced hundreds of thousands of children to stop their education, making them a part of the 7.4 million children who are out of school in the country.

The Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday that intensified violence in DRC’s Kasai provinces this past year have displaced more than 850 000 children and destroyed more than 900 schools. It says only 4% of humanitarian funds for education has been received this year, warning that the vast Central African country risks having a generation without schooling.

The Norwegian Refugee Council called on donors to prioritize humanitarian relief to education emergencies. It said education also helps prevent children joining armed groups.

The group says conflict has worsened DRC’s already weak education system.




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