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Improving Basic Education, Especially for Girls, In Targeted Areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo


Period of Performance: October 4, 2004 through October 3, 2006


Active Learning, teacher professional development, local didactic material development, video for teacher support


It is well documented that the educational system in the DRC has been seriously compromised by war and political instability.  The most glaring problems include lack of financial resources, underqualified teachers, lack of learning materials, barriers for girls seeking education, and irrelevant educational content. Education must be made relevant for it to become attractive to students and for parents to be convinced that sending their children to school is a worthwhile investment.  Exceptional cases do exist where teachers are able to draw on the resources in the immediate environment of the children, allowing them to be hands-on involved in their own learning process. Other strengths exist as well, such as a strong demand for education, the resilience of the Congolese people, community self reliance, and strong links between churches, religious communities, and schools. 

As a follow-on to the dot-EDU pilot activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Oct. 2002-Sept 2004), EDC activities are being expanded to reach a greater number of educators, community members, and students and aim to have longer-term impact in the communities targeted by the initiative in  the provinces of Bas Congo, Bandundu, and Equateur.

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