After two months spent at home, the DRC student will get back on the school path on September 08, 2014. Many things interfere with the excitement of Congolese students going back to school, here are some examples.
School fees. I spoke with a 14 year old friend about going back to school and he explained to me that where he wanted to enroll for school, he was asked to pay 150 dollars for the enrollment and 100 dollars for the confirmation when his family does not have the means. Consequently, he had to turn down a quality education to go to a school where his parents were in a position to pay the fees.
Uniforms. My friend Deo, who is a Young Reporter in Bandundu, told me that in certain villages and even in some schools in the city, certain school Directors kick out the children who do not have a uniform. The problem is that these children’s parents lack the financial means to buy the uniforms.
The lack of school supplies. My Young Reporter friend from Bandundu, also relayed to me that during the Back to School 2013 campaign, he went to the meeting of the families that didn’t want to send their children to school. After some dialogue, certain families admitted to him that even is school was free, they didn’t have the means to provide their children with basic school supplies (notebook and pen). The Back to School team had to give a notebook and a pen to allow these children to go to school.
Following these, here are some propositions:
We ask the Government to set a reasonable fee threshold that the school will need to obverse during this 2014-2015 school year. If this isn’t applicable for this start of the year, prove that it is important to apply the following trimester.
We ask Heads of schools to not kick out the students that do not have uniforms and school supplies.
In order to live in a prosperous Congo fit for children, it is necessary to ensure that each year, going back to school is better than the previous year, so that the future of the Congo belongs to us, the children.
Photo: UNICEF DRC 2013 Julie Pudlowski
Translated from French by Andrew Zink
Nathan a 15 ans et il est au Collège Notre Dame du Congo à Kinshasa. Passionné de football, il joue milieu pour “organiser le jeu”. Plus tard, il veut être un avocat reconnu et travailler pour la Cour Pénale Internationale. Sa devise: “Que tous nous soyons un!”
Nathan is 15 years old. He studies at Collège Notre Dame du Congo in Kinshasa. passionate about football, he plays middle to "organize the game". He wants to become a renowned lawyer and work for the International Criminal Court. His watchword: “That we all are one”.