DR Congo: Education & Skills
Over 58 million children all over the world cannot attend school despite their indisputable right to education. In many countries, school tuition is denied to children due to armed conflicts, poverty, humanitarian disasters or due simply to educational systems which practice gender-related, ethnic or medical condition discrimination.
Illiterate or poorly educated young people lacking practical skills are vulnerable to poverty and exploitation because there is no demand for them in the labour market. Therefore they have very limited freedom for making decisions about their own lives. This presents challenges could never be more urgent in view of the fact that there is a record number of young people in the world and limited options for creating new jobs.
People in Need actively attempts to tackle these global challenges. We must realise what an important role education plays in the transformation process of developing countries. Not only does it improve prospects of employment, thereby reducing the risk of poverty, hunger and illness, but it also increases the potential of men and women to fight against discrimination. It motivates them to more active participation in public life and promotion of their interests in society. We also believe that in areas stricken by armed conflict, attending school brings some order and also happiness into the lives of children.
- Our educational programmes aim to provide quality primary education for all children regardless of origin, religious belief, gender or medical condition.
- We also assist with employment of young people. Through vocational education and training in entrepreneurial and other skills we assist them in establishing a business or finding a job.
- Through our educational programmes we also encourage young people to actively engage in public life around them and assist them towards creation of a responsible, democratic society.
Improvement of access to and quality of primary education
To improve school infrastructure, we apply the community approach. Community members provide bricks and prepare the terrain for new school buildings. Participation of the community strengthens the feeling of the ownership of the schools which leads to better management of the building as well as higher school attendance. Sensitization of the community about the importance of education is a crosscutting topic for all educational programs such as teachers´ training and distribution of basic didactic materials. In the conflict affected areas PIN also provides emergency assistance in schooling of children from displaced, host and/or returnee families. This assistance comprises of accelerated catch-up classes, construction of temporary learning spaces and the rehabilitation of destroyed school facilities.
Promotion of children´s rights is an important aspect of PIN´s work in order to prevent the recruitment of youth into armed groups and support the reintegration of children and youth affected by displacement or armed groups mobilization through education, recreation and psychosocial support activities.