Our message for the Back-to-School campaign

On 16 August was launched the national Back-to-School campaign, the theme of which is “Let’s learn in Peace” this year. Deo, a Young Reporter from Bandundu, then pronounced the following message on the behalf of all Young Reporters from DRC.

On the occasion of the launch of the campaign to enrol all children in school, we, the young reporters, peace ambassadors, would like to emphasize that peace is essential for the promotion of the rights of the child in general and, in particular, the right to an education.

For this reason, we urge you dear young friends, to go to school because education is not a favor but it is each child’s right. Education removes ignorance, engenders human development, hones intellectual abilities and inculcates the concept of peace for a brighter future.

Dear parents, we beg you to send all your children to school without discrimination and to give them the means to complete their studies. Education encourages a child’s personality to blossom; it develops the child’s gifts and abilities. Schooling prepares the child to assume responsibilities in society as stated in Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

According to UNESCO, education has the power to develop the child’s personality, nurture talents, equip individuals with tools for action and protect their rights. 

We would like to thank the government and its partners for all that has been done to improve the education of Congolese children.

In spite of these achievements, we request of our esteemed leaders the following:

–       Ensure that there is peace throughout the country, for without peace, it is difficult to speak of education;

–       Make primary education free;

–       Build more schools in closer proximity to places where children live;

–       Stop the mandatory purchase of stationery supplies, textbooks and school uniforms;

–       Improve the sanitary, study, environmental and other conditions in schools;

–       Prohibit daytime disturbances within school environs.

We, the young reporters, recognize that education is the key that opens the doors to all knowledge and power. We proclaim loud and clear that all children must go to school in order to build a brighter future and in so doing, contribute to the development of our dear great and beautiful country.     

Long live education in peace in the DRC!

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Translated from French by D. Phillips

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Déo Deo a 17 ans, il est enfant reporter et finaliste au collège Kivuvu à Bandundu. Il a représenté les enfants de la RDC au Forum de l'espoir des enfants à Bujumbura en juin 2014. Il fut élu ambassadeur du Forum de l'espoir et a représenté les enfants de la Région des grands Lacs au sommet Spécial de la CIRGL sur l'emploi des jeunes. Pour lui, être enfant Reporter est une opportunité qui lui permet de plaider pour l'amélioration de la situation des enfants de sa communauté

Déo is 17 years old, he is a Young Reporter and a student in final year in KIVUVU High School in Bandundu. Deo has represented Congolese childre at the Forum of Hope in Bujumbura in 2014. He was elected as an Amabassador of Hope and represented children from the Great Lakes region at the Special ICGLR Summit on Youth Employment. For him, being a child reporter gives him an opportunity to advocate on improving the situation on children in his community.

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