Trained teachers have not kept pace with a boom in universities, leading to massive staff shortages and leaving hundreds of students in limbo. School closures tied to the coronavirus pandemic threaten to further delay their future.
Even though the DRC Constitution has long guaranteed free, compulsory public education, parents have been paying into public-school teacher salaries for years – and students faced expulsion for nonpayment. This year, the government finally made good on its promise, but public schools are struggling to meet the sudden demand.
For thousands in the DRC city, lengthy outages are a fact of life. As activities, including work, grind to a halt, residents face economic hardship, and many blame the national electric company. Is a second dam the only solution?
Kanyabayonga, an area of DRC known for killings and kidnappings, never needed restaurants because there were never any customers. But a new truck convoy system that ensures safer travel has Kanyabayonga residents turning profits.
A booming population in Kirumba, DRC has made the preferred feed for small livestock very scarce. Farmers have come to rely on local entrepreneurs, who saw the need and now walk long distances to procure the coveted grasses to sell at market.
Last year, a group of Kisangani residents stole a load of bank notes marked for destruction. As the old, tattered currency re-enters circulation, shoppers and vendors lose trust in their money – and the Central Bank of Congo.