The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a large, landlocked country in Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa, which means that it contains a plethora of natural resources. In fact, it is considered one of the largest forest areas in Central Africa. The Democratic Republic of Congo has a varying topography, with mountain ranges and high plateaus. One famous mountain in the Democratic Republic of Congo is Mount Emin, which is on the eastern side of the country near Uganda. More than 200 distinct ethnic groups are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Bantu peoples making up the majority of the population. There are more than 10 distinct ethnic groups that exist in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The same diversity exists with the languages, where there are more than 200 spoken languages. The national languages, however, are Swahili, Tshiluba, Lingala, and Kongo. At the beginning of the 21st century, the Democratic Republic of Congo took a different approach to their economy, shifting it toward a more market based economy. Although this has improved the economy significantly, because the country is landlocked, and because the main source of food is through agriculture, the economy does not have too much space to grow to its potential. This has also created additional problems such as the education system being displaced. This has led to problems where students in underserved areas of the country are not getting the proper education they need from schools, and where the literacy rate is below the world’s average.
UN Sustainable Development Goal:
Strive2Thrive Edu is proud to say that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we are implementing programs and goals that line up with the UN’s sustainable development goals. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Strive2Thrive is partnered with a medical school, a university, and an English institute to provide underserved students various classes and programs, including vocational and academic training to college and k-12 students. In terms of academics, our tutors provide classes in Medical Terminology, Engineering basics, and English. We also promote good health and hygiene through our high-quality health classes. The classes and our partnerships with the various institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo directly line up with UN sustainable development goals 3, 4, 16, and 17. Along with these educational programs, we at Strive2Thrive Edu promote the idea of women empowerment in the schools. We emphasize that it is important to stay in school to pursue higher education. Many women in underserved areas do not have the same opportunities as men in either school or the workplace. Because of this, Strive2Thrive Edu has established various programs to encourage and provide support for women to retain attendance in school and help them pursue their educational goals (UN sustainable goal number 5). Through our partnerships and goal of gender equality, we can effectively help not only women in underserved areas, we can effectively mitigate the problem of the socio-economic gap that exists in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo.