The DRC faces severe challenges in educating young children. Access to schooling is limited; the primary school enrollment rate is only about 60 percent. Nearly 20 percent drop out in their first year. Also, nearly a third of government teachers go unpaid, contributing to a high rate of teacher absenteeism and children sitting idle in the classroom.
Students and educators in a school improvement project run by EDC in Lusaka, Zambia, met today with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, during their visit to the region. The project, known as Time to Learn, is USAID/Zambia’s flagship program for improving education in community schools.