Education and Schools in Democratic Republic of Congo
The education system in the Democratic Republic of Congo is generally poor and underdeveloped, and expats are not likely to enrol their children in the local schooling system. There are very few international schools in the country, most of which are located in the country’s capital, Kinshasha.
Public schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Local public schools are usually extremely under-resourced and lack adequate teaching staff and equipment. The local curriculum is based on the Belgian national curriculum and the language of instruction is French.
Due to the poor quality of the local public schooling system in the Democratic Republic of Congo, expats are highly unlikely to enrol their children in a local school, rather choosing to send their children to an international school or to boarding school back home or abroad.
International schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo
There are a few privately owned English-speaking schools in Kinshasa, but very few international schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The American International School of Kinshasa is the most prominent international school, and many expats living in Kinshasa choose to send their children there.
School supplies are often in short supply in the Democratic Republic of Congo, so when moving there, expats should ensure that they take a good supply of school books and stationery with them. Fees at international schools can also be extremely expensive, and expats moving to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a corporate relocation should ensure that their package is sufficient to cover these costs.