The Central African Republic continues to be subject to its weak economic and social context, to problems of accessibility and to the fragile situation of safety and security. For a long time these factors have helped to prevent the proper functioning of public infrastructures and access to basic services, making people, especially children, increasingly vulnerable.
During the crisis of the last 3 years, all existing services have been destroyed and the remaining ones are characterized by total dysfunction. The level of schooling and training in the Central African Republic, already low at a structural level, has deteriorated further more due to the political and military unrest that has affected the country in recent years. Since the start of the school year, September / October 2015, to mid-February 2015, schools have been open on average for only four weeks. Therefore, the situation of violence and insecurity have heavy consequences on the rate of school attendance as well as children’s learning.
The key to the positive development of a country lies within the education of children and youngsters, and for this reason, where necessary, support in this sector becomes fundamental to make development itself sustainable in the long term. Primary education is crucial for the future of African society at all levels: access to quality education for children and adolescents is a fundamental element for building a country in terms of civil and political awareness, as well as economic and social recognition. In fact, the current crisis in the Central African Republic is also related to the progressive degradation of the national education system: young people, not having had quality educational opportunities, have not developed sufficient abilities, analytical and critical capacities to oppose the spread of conflict, remaining extremely vulnerable to political and cultural manipulation.
In 2016, thanks to the contributions of our supporters we were able to change the situation for some of the youngsters. In the area of Ngaoundaye, in the Central African Republic, we reconstructed a primary school which is now attended by 668 children between 6 and 11 years old. Let’s not forget, in the current emergency setting, support actions directed at the school system, such as the construction of this school, directly responds to the needs of children in terms of physical protection and psycho-social support, particularly in a situation of armed conflict like this, where children are the most vulnerable and often subject to violence and recruitment by armed groups. As a result, education helps to reduce the psycho-social impact of conflicts, giving a sense of normality, stability, structure and hope for the future: but above all, it becomes a way of physically protecting children from violence and exploitation. Thanks to our supporters – people who believe in this mission just like us – we have been able to make life for some people a little more bearable.
Here the results:
In an environment where children are affected by armed conflicts, this support action in favor of the educational sector becomes an issue of extreme importance and urgency both in terms of socio-economic development as well as in terms of child protection!