Beyond the integrity reform in education

After a decade of civil war and political violence, corruption has pervaded almost every sector of public life, with a system of patronage well entrenched in society. Among the other major factors, pervasive corruption in all public sectors hindered citizens’ ability to provide effective oversight to the government’s services. Examples of corruption in education abound. Academic fraud, for instance, is rife and is regarded as a serious threat to integrity and reliability of certification in secondary education. Procurement wastage in the education sector, including school buildings, false maintenance costs and text books paid for but never received, costs…

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Schools without infrastructure and under-equipped lead to an “education deficit” in the DR Congo

Infrastructure – buildings, classrooms, laboratories and equipment – are essential elements of learning in schools. There is strong evidence that high quality infrastructure facilitates better teaching, strengthens learning and reduces dropping out… However, in Democratic Republic of the Congo, schools are overcrowded and often lack equipment, water and sanitation facilities, and adequate teaching and learning materials. This has resulted in an “education failure.” When we talk about the level of the Congolese education system, we must not see the few upscale schools in certain urban areas. Go instead in the deep Congo, in rural areas. Because, in fact, there are two…

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Integrity Game to build children skills on Integrity and Anti-Corruption,

Playing board game can be an entertaining way for children to build key skills on some important subjects such as Integrity, Anti-Corruption, Gender Equality, and Democracy… Integrity Action with the UNODC support have designed a Non-Electronic Game “Snakes and Ladders – INTEGRITY GAME” to educate school age student about corruption and integrity thus promoting integrity values among students. For instance, this game could help children to understand corruption and anti-corruption, inequality and inclusion or other critical thinking skills. The game was tested in Democratic Republic of the Congo by the Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption on June 03 and…

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Adressing stigma and discrimination in Education

Taking action against stigma and discrimination is essential for achieving Millennium Development Goals. Acts of discrimination in all its form deny people’s rights to information, to appropriate education and health services, and to participate meaningfully in community actions. In Democratic Republic of the Congo as in other post-conflict countries, fear of stigmatization and discrimination discourages children from parent living with HIV, epileptic children, ex-child soldier, child with psychological problems, children born of a raped mother, pregnant schoolchildren, raped schoolchildren, and other discriminate groups seeking information and participate in community actions. We will not achieve Universal Access to Education and Health…

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Education for All requires all children to go to school without discrimination.

A well educated girl knows her rights and duties. The girl’s education, a key to sustainable development remains a worrying subject for the human development. In view of the disparities and injustices of which she is the victim, the the girl’s education represents today a major stake in the process of youth development, future leaders. Education allows a better life. It is indispensable for ending the generational cycles of poverty and disease and provides the means to achieve sustainable development. Quality education can enable girls and boys to have the knowledge and skills to behave responsibly, and to play an…

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6 Civil Society Organisations trained on Community Integrity Building

From 4th – 6th June, CERC conducted a three days capacity building training on Community Integrity Building  for 6 Civil Society Organisations from 2 provinces (South-Kivu and North-Kivu) as well the representatives of the Provincial ministry of education.  A total of 15 participants has trained to engage in embedding anti-corruption and transparency measures in education sector. A local network of Integrity Builders has formed amongst the participating CSOs to advocate for the introduction of Integrity Education manual in national curriculum as well for the improvement of education quality.

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