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Democratic Republic of Congo: Institut Georges Simenon in Kinshasa, including its address, the owner's name, the courses offered and who Georges Simenon is or was

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa
Publication Date 7 January 2008
Citation / Document Symbol COD102716.E
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The following information was provided by an officer of the Ministry of Elementary and Secondary Education (ministère de l'Enseignement primaire et secondaire) responsible for the western zone of Kinshasa in a telephone interview with the Research Directorate on 21 December 2007. The Officer explained that the Institut Georges Simenon is a private school that teaches elementary and secondary education in Kinshasa. He stated that even though it is a private school, it is certified by the state and falls under its direction. Without providing any specifics, the Officer stated that the tuition fees are high and that only those from families with sufficient incomes can attend this school. The school is located on the "boulevard du 30 juin" but it has created "extensions" (i.e., branches) on the "boulevard Triomphal." When asked about the courses offered at the Institut Georges Simenon, the Officer stated that the school is like any other school and that it teaches the material required by the national program. With regards to who Georges Simenon is or was, the Officer stated that to his knowledge Georges Simenon is or was a French author but he was not certain as he learned information on Simenon when he was a student and could not recall exactly.

During a telephone interview with the Research Directorate on 20 December 2007, a journalist with the Kinshasa-based newspaper Le Phare corroborated that the Institut Georges Simenon is a school that teaches elementary and secondary education and that it is recognized by the state. The Journalist also corroborated that the Institut Georges Simenon is divided so part of it is located on the "boulevard du 30 juin" and another part is located on the "boulevard Triomphal" (20 Dec. 2007). To the Journalist's knowledge, Georges Simenon is a French author, but when asked whether Simenon could be a Belgian author, he stated that he was not certain of the identity of Simenon (20 Dec. 2007).

News sources report that Georges Simenon was a Belgian novelist (Los Angeles Times 20 Nov. 2007; New York Times 7 Sept. 1989; Ouest France 28 Nov. 2007) who wrote numerous books (The Independent 7 Sept. 2001; New York Times 7 Sept. 1989; USA Today 23 Nov. 2007). However, most people tend to think he was French (The Guardian 13 Nov. 2007). Simenon died in 1989 (New York Times 7 Sept. 1989; The Independent 7 Sept. 2001).

Additional information on the Institut Georges Simenon could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 21 December 2007. Ministère de l'Enseignement primaire et secondaire. Telephone interview with an officer for the western zone of Kinshasa.

The Guardian [London]. 13 November 2007. Jon Henley. "Bye Bye Belgium?" [Accessed 21 Dec. 2007]

The Independent [London]. 7 September 2001. Anna Whitney. "British Firm Buys Rights to Inspector Maigret." [Accessed 7 Jan. 2008]

Journalist, Le Phare [Kinshasa]. 20 December 2007. Telephone interview.

Los Angeles Times. 20 November 2007. Susan King. "The Extras File." (Factiva)

The New York Times. 7 September 1989. Eric Pace. "Georges Simenon Dies at 86; Creator of Inspector Maigret." [Accessed 7 Jan. 2008]

Ouest France. 28 November 2007. "Maigret Persiste." (Factiva)

USA Today [Virginia]. 23 November 2007. Mike Clark. "New on DVD; This Week's Platinum Picks." [Accessed 21 Dec. 2007]

Additional Sources Consulted

Oral sources: Representatives of the ministère de l'Enseignement technique et professionnel and the American University of Kinshasa did not provide information within the time constraints for this Response.

Attempts to contact a journalist at the Kinshasa-based newspaper Le Potentiel and a professor at the University of Bandundu were unsuccessful.

Internet sites, including: AllAfrica, Jeune Afrique, Ministère de l'Enseignement technique et professionnel, Le Potentiel [Kinshasa], La Référence Plus [Kinshasa], Université de Kinshasa.

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