Bouar is a city in the western part of the Central African Republic and the capital of the Nana-Mamberé prefecture. It is lcated close to the border to Cameroon and has a population of around 30,000 people.
The region has been repeatedly affected by rebel attacks and Bouar has received a great number of displaced people from the north of the country. This has led to very difficult circumstances, especially for children. Poverty, malnutrition and a lack of education are common. Many basic services are often not available.
Since 2008, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Bouar.
As a result of the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic, the educational system has suffered. Schools have closed, teachers are scarce and literacy rates are very low.
The educational system in the Central African Republic is lacking infrastructure, funding and supplies.
Furthermore many students are displaced by the conflict which negatively impacts their access to education.
24% of municipalities do not have primary schools at all and 45% of children enrolled in school did not complete their education.
Physical punishment of children is still lawful in the Central African Republic.
Violent discipline at home is the most common form of violence against children. This can be especially harmful at a young age, because there is an increased risk of physical injuries. Children often can’t understand the reasons behind the abuse and adopt coping strategies which can be harmful.
Physical and psychological aggression often happen at the same time. The consequences of violent discipline range from immediate effects to long-term damage that affect children through their childhood and into adulthood.