In the Great Lakes region of Africa, specifically the Democratic Republic of Congo, EduCorps is committed to providing scholarship funds for girls' education, academic summer programming, and professional development and coaching for teachers and faculty.
During its recent history, the nation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has experienced violent conflicts, civil unrest, and political crises, especially in its eastern regions. Decades of instability and violence have left many without access to fundamental rights of education and forced them to flee their homes. The conflict has additionally inflicted school closures, military occupation of school buildings, targeting, and threats of attacks on civilians.
According to USAID (United States Agency for International Development), in 2018, 3.5 million primary school-aged children are not in school due to a lack of resources. Furthermore, in 2016, UIS (Sustainable Development Agency affiliated with UNESCO) estimated that the literacy rate of the population of 15 years and older was 77.04%, a 88.5% rate for men, yet only 66.50% for women. Without access to education, children, particularly young girls, are left at home, susceptible to forms of violence and rape by rogue military personnel. Furthermore, a lack of resources contributes to the overall cycle of poverty many families cannot escape. With access to a full education, many girls are able to find jobs and other opportunities to ameliorate standards of living for themselves and their families.
Recognizing the significant need for education and resources for Congolese girls, EduCorps was founded to provide funds for young girls to enroll in local schools. In the future, the organization hopes to provide summer programming and camps for students.
3.5 million primary school-aged children in the DRC are not in school due to lack of resources. (USAID, 2018)
The average yearly tuition for Lycée Amani is $250.00 plus $199.00 for meals.
52.7% of girls ages 5-17 in the Democratic Republic of Congo do not attend school.
The literacy rate of the DRC population of 15 years and older is 77.04%.
The average income in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is $394.25 per year.
73% of the Congolese population (60 million people) lived on less than $1.90 a day.
(World Bank, 2018)
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