A lot of children in the Haut Uélé province do not study in acceptable conditions. Taking classes in a solid room is not a reality for all the children of the province. Yet, education is a right.
Schools without roofs or walls
During our stay in the Province of Haut Uélé, we noticed that many schools in rural areas were not solid. In some of them, the children even studied under trees as if they were refugees or displaced in their own country.
Like almost all schools of the territory of Wamba, located more than 100 kilometers south of the city Isiro, the Agbanda primary school, which operates since 1959, does not escape this reality. “Despite our multiple pleas, our school has never benefited from help for its construction” explains Apeya Dwana, head teacher of the school.
This situation penalizes the smooth running of classes, above all during the rainy season. “When it rains, we dismiss the students to their homes seeing as the roofs of our rooms are made of straw. We cannot resist bad weather since the walls do not exist either” continues Apeya Dwana. It often happens that students must stay multiple days at home!
For this academic year, 200 students are registered. Last year, there were 180 students at the school. “The rooms are in bad shape. We only have six classrooms. Faced with this growing workforce, the rooms no longer suffice. All that we want for now is to see our buildings constructed to allow children to regularly study like other students” explains the head teacher.
Invest now to secure the future of tomorrow
Apart from lack of buildings, Agbanda primary school also lacks teaching materials. This school is not the only one in this situation. A lot of children of the Province of Haut Uélé do not study in the correct conditions.
A child tells us that “during the rain, our notebooks are wet. Even if we are asked to go home, some of my classmates are wet because their home is far from school“. The young boy in sixth grade studies to become a great authority…he will be able to plead for the construction of all the schools of the Province.
These children, considered as the future of tomorrow, must benefit from necessary elements for a quality education and in the best conditions. This is not a privilege we allow them, it is their right!
Translated from French by Matthew Khalkhali
Firstly published in March 2018
David a rejoint le Club d'Ecoute pour Enfants en 2012. Deux ans après, il en est devenu le porte-parole puis en 2015, le coordonnateur. La même année, David est devenu Enfant Reporter. Il présente également diverses émissions sur les droits de l'Enfant. "Parler des droits de l'Enfant via les médias, c'est ma préférence". David étudie le droit à Bunia et rêve de travailler à la défense des droits des plus vulnérables.
David joined the Children's Listening Club in 2012. Two years later, David became the spokesperson and in 2015 the coordinator. That same year, David became a child reporter. Since 2014, David has hosted various programmes on child rights. "I want to use the media to talk about child rights”. David studies law in Bunia and dreams of working to protect the rights of the most vulnerable. He says he will always work for children.
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