Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world, but only if quality education is preserved.
The new initiative for free education takes a commendable stab at raising school enrollment, but fails to address quality of education.
Today, I am going to tell you the story of Héritier, a 13 year old boy whom I met selling doughnuts by the roadside in the town of Goma
We demand the government to respect their rights by helping them frequent school according to article 24 of the Convention of the Rights of Children.
“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”
Despite the efforts of the Government and its partners, the rights of children in Ituri Province are not fully respected.
Without education and professional qualifications, girls cannot access good employment and, consequently, they cannot contribute to the country’s development.
I met Busime, 16, in Bukavu where, alongside her brother, she sells carrots. She does this work so that she can pay her school fees. This is her story.
YOUNG REPORTER – If we don’t have report cards, our school records are incomplete, and we get thrown out of school. However, education is a right of every child.
YOUNG REPORTER – In this article, I am going to tell you the story of a child I met at the General Hospital of Bunia. Bahati, 10, is one of thousands of children who fled the intercommunal violence in the Ituri Province.