Education

Donate Now!CRM has built two primary schools and a secondary school in Mbujimayi.

  • St. Stephen Primary School and St. Stephen Secondary School in Mbujimayi educate about 1400 students.
  • Buloba Primary School in the small village of Kamiji has about 700 students.
  • We supported the 69 teachers at these schools.
  • In 2014 the first graduating class of 69 students sat for the State Exam.
  • In 2013 the schools received computers, three solar panels, and antennas to connect to the internet. Access to the internet began on March 20, 2013, for these schools.

According to the US Agency for International Development, nearly 83 percent of all Congolese have either only primary schooling or no schooling at all. http://www.usaid.gov/locations/sub-saharan_africa/countries/drcongo/

Access to education is not like it is in the US. Most teachers receive their salaries from the school fees collected from the parents, who earn less than $300 a year. Many children do not go to school simply because their families cannot afford it. Furthermore, learning is hampered as most children are hungry. In 2011 the DRC topped the Global Hunger Index – with the highest proportion of undernourished people – about 70 percent of the population – and one of the highest child mortality rates.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/democratic-republic-of-congo-tops-global-hunger-index

CRM has received generous grants from private donors which has allowed hundreds of children to attend school.