• Short Summary

    Visnews went to the COMBINED GOVERNMENT school in Leopoldville,and returned with these pictures of a fast growing system of education, much needed in this riot torn country.

    75% of all eligible children in the Belgian Congo are at present receiving some formal education in these government controlled schools, where blacks and whites mix in both sexes.

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    Visnews went to the COMBINED GOVERNMENT school in Leopoldville,and returned with these pictures of a fast growing system of education, much needed in this riot torn country.

    75% of all eligible children in the Belgian Congo are at present receiving some formal education in these government controlled schools, where blacks and whites mix in both sexes. Education is in French, with local teachers, and teachers of Belgian origin. There are three levels of education at present - primary, secondary (for scholars who will in turn become teachers in primary schools) and technical. Designed on the system at Louvain University, and supervised by Catholic Priests and layment, the latter achieves a high standard. It will need to maintain that standard if the promises of King Baudouin are to be fulfilled - if front rank leaders are to be found from among the Congolese population. There are no university trained lawyers, doctors, architects, engineers here in the Belgian Congo - none to fill the important posts in the administration that will be reamed by the Baudouin plan for self-determination.

    Loyalty there already is - when the recent riots were at their height (caused, locals say by the frustrations of those for whom vital education has never yet been made available) the students of this technical school volunteered to remain aloof from the disturbances, and even to go out to repair some of the buildings destroyed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1VVOSJK110QMRHW8NXUMYQHHM
    Media URN:
    VLVA1VVOSJK110QMRHW8NXUMYQHHM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:04:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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