The Democratic Republic of Congo has been caught for decades in a web of extreme poverty, political turmoil, and armed conflicts. Yet in Congo's war-torn regions, Justice Rising is using education as a catalyst for change. Quality education and community empowerment programs help reverse the effects of war and build a culture of peace. Doubling secondary school enrollment from 30% to 60% has the potential to cut the risk of conflict in half. However, 48.5 million children living in conflict areas are out of school. It's time to change that!
Last summer I traveled to the DRC, and witnessed first-hand how education transforms communities in war-zones. For Congolese kids, going to school provides a sense of stability that helps them cope through chaos. Dreams are instilled and revived that would otherwise be crushed by trauma. Long term, education ensures the next generation is well-equipped to break the cycle of violence.
In August, I'm returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo to serve with Justice Rising for several months. I'll be using my background in education to partner with Justice Rising staff and local leadership as they empower students to invest in books, not bullets.