Isaac Mpyana (Kenya, MSc in African Studies, 2014-15, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld), carried out his pro bono project during his fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His research focused upon Katanga, the region from which Isaac’s own family originated, and he was therefore keenly aware of the area’s problems. One of these problems is the heavy reliance on mining, especially in terms of employment. Young people are by and large unaware of job opportunities in other sectors, such as agriculture.
In partnership with the Provincial Government of Katanga and the United Nations World Food Programme, Isaac worked on the Triennial Provincial Action Plan for Education. The plan, which aims to educate children about the opportunities open to them, was presented to various stakeholders in the education sector.
The provincial government’s commitment to the plan ensures that Isaac’s work is bound to make a difference to the millions of children in the country. The chief of staff to the cabinet of the provincial government wrote to the WHT praising Isaac’s contribution to the team and expressing his gratitude for the work he carried out.