Democratic Republic of the Congo

Background Information

Region

Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank income group

Low income

Percent of population aged 10-24

32% (UNFPA, 2023)

Total primary school age population (both sexes)

17,049,687 (UIS, 2022)

Total secondary school age population (both sexes)

13,416,572 (UIS, 2022)

Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 18 (% of women aged 20-24)

29%

Source: UNSDG , 2018

Adolescent birth rate (per 1,000 women ages 15-19)

109

Source: UN Human Development Reports , 2016

Percentage of women who ever experienced physical violence since age 15 (% of women 15-49)

52%

Source: DHS , 2014

Percentage of married women employed in the last 12 months (% of married or in-union women 15-49)

81%

Source: DHS , 2014

Education Snapshot Back to Top

Number of years of free primary and secondary education guaranteed in legal frameworks (Years)

6

Source: UIS , 2022

Percentage of upper secondary schools providing life skills-based HIV and sexuality education within the formal curriculum or as part of extra-curricular activities Percentage of schools

60%

Source: UNESCO , 2021

Proportion of schools with access to single-sex basic sanitation facilities

No data available

Source: UIS

Women as a percentage of teachers in tertiary education Women as a percentage

Source: UIS , 2020

Men as a percentage of teachers in pre-primary education Men as a percentage

Source: UIS , 2021

Expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure % GDP spent on education

Source: UIS , 2022

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in reading

  • Female 8%

  • Male 10%

Female: UIS, 2019

Male: UIS, 2019

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in mathematics

  • Female 3%

  • Male 4%

Female: UIS, 2019

Male: UIS, 2019


Experiencing bullying in the last 12 months in lower secondary education

No data available

Youth not in education, employment or training

  • Female 34%

  • Male 29%

Female: ILO, 2020

Male: ILO, 2020


Completion rate

Primary school age
  • Female 66%

  • Male 67%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school age
  • Female 52%

Female: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school age
  • Female 27%

Female: UIS, 2018


Out-of-school rate

Primary school
  • Female 22%

  • Male 21%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

No data available
Upper secondary school
  • Female 33%

  • Male 24%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Legal Frameworks Back to Top

Presence of legislation on child protection, to prevent corporal punishment in schools

1

No protection from violence in educational institutions

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Presence of legislation protecting the right to education without discrimination based on sex/gender

3

Enshrines right to education without discrimination

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Presence of legislation to protect and facilitate education of pregnant adolescent girls

5

Protection of the right to education of pregnant and/or parenting girls

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Existence of processes to support coordinated action on gender equality in and through education by ministries, civil society, youth organizations and other actors

Data coming soon!

Existence of systematic processes to review and update curricula and learning resources, with a view to eradicating gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality

Data coming soon!

Training on gender-responsive pedagogies is embedded in teacher training programmes

Data coming soon!


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