‘What Education Means to Me…’

Education provides children with hope and tangible opportunities for a better future - yet some seven million children inside the Democratic Republic of Congo are currently denied the chance to learn. War Child works to address the needs of these children. Here they tell us - in their own words - what education means to them

Education provides children with hope, structure and tangible opportunities for a better future. Every child has the right to an education - yet more than 30 million children across the world have never seen a teacher as a result of armed conflict.

Some seven million of these out-of-school children live in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This figure includes thousands of refugee children who have escaped the violence in neighbouring Burundi.

Quality Education

War Child works inside DRC to provide access to quality education to children participating in our programmes. Our projects inside the Lusenda refugee camp and the Kalehe territory - funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Office (ECHO) - provide children with catch-up education to help facilitate their future enrolment into the national school system.

We also work to enhance child protection mechanisms to protect local children and young people from the risks of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Our programmes support children to tell their own stories and share their ideas on the importance of education to them. We provide training in media production techniques to help children and young people express their thoughts and feelings.

Children from Lusenda refugee camp and the Kalehe territory took a series of 35 photographs to tell us - in their own words - what education means to them. Here are just a few of them…
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