Being A Student In D.R. Congo: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?

The Democratic Republic of Congo, or DR Congo for short, has a strong, resilient and durable educational system that has had to withstand economic crisis and armed conflict which has plagued the country. Despite its strength, DRC has one of the highest dropout rates for university students.

The latest statistics show that over 3.5 million primary school children are estimated to have dropped out of school; mainly due to the poverty.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo recently began making education a greater national priority. Ever since the Democratic Republic of the Congo obtained its independence in 1960, the largest share of the financial burden of education in the country has fallen on the shoulders of families, despite the fact that more than 70% of the Congolese population live in poverty.

Coming to the rescue of the nation’s education, the government has declared that universal education in the Congo has become a national priority. In 2012, the Democratic Republic of the Congo joined forces with the Global Partnership for Education and has since received two substantial grants to overhaul the Congolese education system.

In the educational system of DRC, 2016 was a remarkable year, because it was the year that Education Sector established a Plan. This strategy was a proposal for the next 8 years through to 2025. The focus was on expanding access to education, enhancing standards of learning and improving both governance and management. These plans have already begun to change the educational system of the country and some of these changes are highlighted below:

⎫ All children have access to basic education for free
⎫ Participation in a progressive introduction of primary education
⎫ Ensuring access to high school education
⎫ Strengthening technical and vocational training
⎫ Developing pre-school education in rural areas
⎫ Diversification of Higher Education
⎫ Improving equality and access to literacy and informal education
⎫ Revision of Teaching and Program Techniques
⎫ Developing a Quality Assurance System
⎫ Improving the educational environment
⎫ Harmonisation of the education system with the needs of the labour market
⎫ Facilitating integration and rehabilitation of school children and adults
⎫ Improving teacher training and supervision
⎫ Increasing professionalism and strengthening higher education in science and technology
⎫ Promoting of scientific research
⎫ Strengthening decentralisation and deconcentration
⎫ Encouraging participation of community and civil society in object management
⎫ Strengthening the ability to plan education systems
⎫ Improving management and financial resources for human resource management
⎫ Definition of risk prevention for a political disaster, an emergency or a conflict
⎫ Increasing education allocations.

If these changes go ahead as planned and they prove successful, the Democratic Republic of Congo definitely shows promise in terms of university education in the coming years.

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