Democratic Republic of Congo Pre School Structure

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The DRC has taken steps over the years to include ECD within its national education policy. in 2014, the country revised its national education law, Cadre de l’enseignement National 2014, and included guaranteeing children aged three to five preschool education although it is no mandatory or free. The purpose of early childhood education in the DRC is to protect the rights of children to develop their full cognitive, emotional, social, and physical potential.

Pre-primary education

  • Ages                            : 3-5 years
  • Duration                       :2 years
  • Primary Languages     : French
  • Terms                          : 3 terms
  • Admission Term: Beginning of the term

The curriculum here takes into consideration the holistic development of the child and learning focuses on a variety of areas namely Cultural activities, Language, Numeracy, Music, Art, Peer relationships, o mention but a few.

Why ECD?

Early childhood education is of utmost importance as it gives children the right start to education and a good foundation for formal education. These are some of the reasons why early childhood education is important in the DRC:

  • It Helps with Concentration
  • Teaches Patience and Teamwork
  • It Encourages the Holistic Development of children
  • It Makes Children Open for Learning


Examples of International Pre-Schools in THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC)

British International School 

This is one of the leading international schools and private institutions in the DRC. It provides quality education from early years to high school. The school focuses on nurturing the individual holistically by teaching them a balanced approach towards the dynamic world. In a nutshell, it Empowers students to create solutions for tomorrow's challenges.

  • Address: No. 10, Avenue Munguzi, Commune Kampemba, Lubumbashi, D.R.C.
  • Grades: early years to high school
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type: co-educational, private
  • Curriculum: British
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

Why BIS?

  • Ultra-modern teaching methods.
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff.
  • State of art classrooms and labs.
  • Wide range of Extracurricular activities and International competitions.

Facilities- The school offers world-class infrastructure and facilities tha support academic and co-curricular activities.  These include science and computer labs, an auditorium with interactive technology, a library with a wide range of books, A specialized Montessori hall designed for pre-primary students, multiple swimming pools, a cafeteria, a music room, a gym, and a play zone designed for children, to mention but a few.

The school aims to provide personal attention to each student and, encourage their positive growth at every step. The Classrooms are well equipped to successfully deliver our innovative teaching methods that focus more on creativity.

ST Marcel Academy

This is a Bilingual Montessori School located in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo. The school has a  toddlers class or pre-school for children aged 1 to 3 years and the Children’s house for children aged 3to 5 Years. At this stage of development, the child's ability to learn is accelerated, vocabulary is expanded. The child becomes interested in the activities of the group of which they are part.

  • address: Croisement Av Mwela/Marcel Senga Q.Golf C/Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • ages: 3-5 years (Children’s house)
  • Duration of study: 2 years
  • Primary Languages: English
  • Terms                          : 3 terms
  • Admission Term: Beginning of the term

The curriculum or learning programs here allow children to absorb information while giving them autonomy in their learning and encouraging every child to enjoy the process of learning at their own pace. Besides this, it gives students the freedom to progress at their own pace. It also emphasizes social values, culture, respect for others, Cooperation, and collaboration which all combine to prepare children for the challenges of the modern world.


English International School

This is an international school located In Kinshasa. It offers education from the early childhood phase (Nursery and kindergarten) to the high school phase. The school aims to instill qualities that include common courtesy, manners, respect for others, self-discipline, responsibility, and accountability.

  • Adress: # 1154, Avenue Kasai, Commune Gombe, KINSHASA, D.R.Congo.
  • Established: 1993
  • Primary Languages: English
  • Terms                          : 3 terms
  • Student population: 500+ (all grades)
  • Admission Term: throughout the year

Accreditation: the Ministry of Primary, Secondary & Professional Education, D.R.Congo.

early childhood years are very important in a child’s development and At every stage of development at the school, students are presented with learning experiences. The caring and dedicated staff here strive to meet the social, intellectual, and emotional needs of all our students.

Facilities- the school boasts of a variety of facilities that enhance the learning experience of students. These include classrooms, a library, Indoor games room, play area, Art Room, School Cafeteria, soccer field, badminton court, basketball area, tennis court, computer lab, and science lab, to mention but a few.

Tuition and fees- below are the possible fees that parents may expect to pay here. Note however that these estimates are subject to change at the school’s discretion.

Registration Fee ( For New Students Only )  $200

Class                                                   Books              Uniform         Misc                Total              

Pre-School and Nursery                      0                      80                    100                  180     

Lower & upper kindergarten                80                    100                  120                  300     

Class                                                   Term 1            Term 2            Term 3            Total

Pre-School and Nursery                      600                  450                  450                  1500

Lower & upper kindergarten                800                  600                  600                  2000


Curriculum- the school views preschool students as emerging readers and writers. The skills and attitudes children develop here to set the stage for later learning. children are taught how to read and write by building on the complementary skills of speaking and listening. As the children become aware of the speech-text relationship, they are then encouraged to explore writing freely and independently. students are taught in crucial areas including, but not limited to:

  • Counting orally
  • Recognizing and writing numerals
  • Identifying shapes.
  • Naming the days of the week in order.
  • familiarising with the natural world and respectful of its unity, diversity, and fragility.


Jewels International School of Kinshasa (JISK)

This is a privately owned international, multicultural school offering education from pre-kindergarten to the 12th grade.

  • Address: 6705 Av. de l'O.U.A. Commune de Ngaliema, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo
  • Established: 1972
  • Primary Languages: English
  • Student population: 800 (all grades)
  • International student representation: 20 different nationalities
  • Terms                          : 3 terms
  • Admission Term: throughout the year
  • School calendar: September to July.

Why Jewel's International School?

  • superior education
  • friendly environment
  • safe and secure
  • culturally rich
  • stimulating environment

Pre-KG Program

The school offers a pre-kindergarten program that aims to assist children to form satisfactory foundations for their learning at the Kindergarten level. Teaching here focuses on children's well-balanced, whole personal growth. The teacher uses various teaching methods and approaches including demonstrations, hands-on sessions, songs, fun games, and other materials, and stimulates children to use their skills and senses to explore various concepts. Through these approaches, students are encouraged to develop longer focus, deeper concentration, and careful observation.

Extracurricular activities: children have a variety of activities that they can enjoy alongside their studies. These include Judo and Self-Defense, Taekwondo, Soccer, Dance Classes, to mention but a few.


Tuition and fees

Grade                                                 1st Term          2nd Term         3rd Term         Total/Year

Creche, Toddler 1 and 2, Pre-KG       $ 800               $ 600               $ 600               $ 2 000

Kindergarten                                       $ 1 000            $ 750               $ 750               $ 2 500

Other costs

Registration fees                                             $ 300 (to be paid for confirming admission)

Placement test                                                $ 100

School insurance                                             $ 20

P.E Outfits: Toddlers- Grade 2                         $ 40

Books (compulsory):Pre-kindergarten            $ 50

Kindergarten                                                   $ 50

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