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With free education, Congo's child miners swap hammers for books
by Ange Kasongo

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
10 August 2021

On 10 August 2021 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Enrollment at Kipushi Primary School -- named after the town of 174,000 people, which is dominated by its copper, zinc, and cobalt mines -- has risen by 75 percent to 1,400 students since the Democratic Republic of Congo introduced free primary education in 2019. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of education, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

About 40 of the 600 new pupils, dressed in white and blue uniforms, are former child labourers, said Maloba Mputu Stany, principal of the school in the eastern province of Haut-Katanga, who wants donors to fund teacher bonuses to give them catch-up sessions.

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