Intensified conflict in the Kasai provinces of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the past year has displaced more than 850,000 children and destroyed more than 900 schools, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. These children are part of the 7.4 million children who are out of school in the DRC. Worldwide, 121 million children and adolescents are currently out of primary and lower secondary school worldwide, according to the Global Partnership for Education.
The Norwegian Refugee Council says the current conflict has worsened DRC’s already weak education system and threatens to create a generation of DRC children without schooling. The organization calls for additional humanitarian relief for education emergencies. To learn more, read this Associated Press article by Carley Petesch.