Kimbanseke County is situated between Masina and N’djili in the city of Kinshasa. In Kimbanseke, the Nsanga River crosses the Biyela district at the level of the Avenue Colonel Ebeya and Kipanzu.
Whenever it rains, there is a terrible flood and homes get flooded all around the river, this has even lead to some deaths, sometimes of small children.
Around the Nsanga river, there is more at least ten primary and secondary schools who are paralyzed because of this flood.
Because of the flooding of the Nsanga River students can’t manage to cross to go to school. To try and cross some children carry their colleagues on their back, and neighborhood kids ask 200 to 500 Congolese Francs to take the children across.
The Convention on the Rights of the child pursuant to Article 3, paragraph 3 states that “States Parties shall ensure that the institutions, services and facilities responsible for the care or protection of children shall conform with the standards established by competent authorities, particularly in the areas of safety, health.. ” My analysis is that the rights of these students to attend school are violated but also that this institution by being flooded doesn’t conform to standards and is not safe.
We ask the Congolese government who has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the child to make arrangements to help all those children who want to go to school, because the floods deprive children of their right to education.