An estimated 7 million children inside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are denied a chance to learn. This figure includes thousands of refugee children who have escaped the violence in neighbouring Burundi, but also children of Congolese families displaced by violence and of host communities.
In DRC’s South Kivu province, War Child works to provide some of these children with access to quality education. Funded by the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, projects inside the Lusenda refugee camp and the Kalehe territory focus on ‘catch-up education’ which aim to make it easier for the children to get back into the national school system. War Child also gives training in media production techniques to help the children express their thoughts and feelings. Here, a group of children shared what education means to them.
Text by War Child