Have we ever considered what decades of war and fighting can do to an education system? On top of this, imagine the system was not designed well in the first place but by colonists who did not want educated people.
Imagine wanting and education, but having to pay your teacher directly because the state does not pay them at all. Imagine being in anatomy class with 300 students and needing a pair of binoculars to see the dissection.
I could go on, but you get the point. This is the daily reality for students in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it is getting worse.
A 2010 article titled “Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Challenges and tentatives solutions “, touches upon a lot these important points.
“The education in the Democratic Republic Democratic of Congo is among the most sectors affected by the 32 years crisis faced by the country. From the 1960s until the early 2000s, the Congolese public education budget declined from 7% of GDP and 25% of the national budget to 1% of GDP and 5% of the budget, creating a fall of 96% in spending per pupil per year in primary and secondary schools (from US$109 in 1980 to $4 in 2002). Consequently, many reforms were done and the worst one suggested that parents should finance the education system by themselves without sharing funds with the government. The consequence is the degradation of education quality and infrastructure”.
I encourage all of you to learn a little about what is going on in DRC, to understand what is truly causing it, I will be doing my best to shed some light on this subject.
One last thing, this is not a “pity party”, this is a region with rich history, culture, and pride. It deserves of our attention in ways other just the raping of its natural resources (and women) and a sound bite on TV.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III