“When I grow up, I’ll be a teacher” – The new ambitions of Congolese schoolchildren now that school is free

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Until the start of the 2019 school year, the Democratic Republic of Congo was one of the few countries in the world where primary schools still charged fees.
  • Thanks to the introduction of free primary education, an additional 2.5 million children have been able to go to school and 23 million Congolese could be lifted out of poverty by 2050.
  • The World Bank is helping support the cost of this reform, which is estimated at more than $1 billion per year.

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