Reaching and engaging marginalized youth

Context In Democratic Republic of the Congo, many children from minority-marginalized groups suffer from injustice, difficulty-accessing school, and violence on their way to and at school as well as child marriage and labour. Missing out on an education will mean that students living with disabilities and those from marginalized groups will remain underrepresented in our future leaders. Strategy Empowerment and Participation can enable youth and people living with disabilities and those form marginalized groups to have the knowledge and skills to behave responsibly and to play an active role in schools management and in community decision-making. CERC actively…

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Celebrating the international anti-corruption day

On 8 and 9 December 2018, CERC worked with 35 secondary schools in Uvira to engage students in the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day under the slogan of “United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security”. The objective of the campaign was to raise public awareness about corruption costs in education, bring their attention to the national and local efforts to address corruption and promote Integrity and Good Governance in education. The 2018 campaign has had remarkable success in getting public commitments from national governments to combat corruption, strengthening dialogue between civil society and governments, and raising people’s awareness…

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Student engagement helps to improve the quality and relevance of Congolese youth education.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) education system is plagued by low coverage and poor quality. Some of the challenges that the country faces in the education sector are the corruption, as well as the large numbers of students per class in secondary schools. Moreover, the quality of education is inadequate to better respond to youth education needs. One idea that is gaining ground is  that young students who are seen as direct schools users can contribute to the improvement of educational service delivery and infrastructure within their schools, as they can better monitor its quality and are directly encouraged…

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Helping young people to improve school infrastructures in Uvira

Notre Dame Institute is a reference school in the city of Uvira and receives a sufficient number of students. The school is experiencing a very serious problem related to the lack of classes and the lack of toilets meeting health standards. This school has only eight classrooms for a number of more than 814 students enrolled.What makes that the school organizes two vacations. In 2014 the DRC Social Fund through the World Bank funded project was provided funds for the construction of 6 additional classrooms and 6 toilets which will accommodate the 814 children…

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Improving education facilities for Luberizi schoolchildren

Educational infrastructure in the village of Luberizi do not meet the minimal standards of the Ministry of Education. Many children are forced to study in debilitated classrooms, with inadequate teaching materials and lacking of sanitation facilities. In an attempt to improve the situation, In October 2017, Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption launched the Integrity Club at Institut Luberizi to promote transparency and effectiveness of education service benefiting over 150 school-children. Integrity Clubs are spaces that bring together students engaged in promoting integrity. From 14 years, students met together to share activities and discussions around the concept…

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Improving education quality in South-Kivu

Access to education is a major challenge for children living in South Kivu. Children living in rural areas study in poor conditions. Schools are overcrowded and often lack equipment, water and sanitation facilities, and adequate teaching and learning materials. In October 2017, Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption launched an initiative to improve education in South-Kivu by engaging young people through Integrity Club. CERC established 20 Integrity Clubs in Uvira and trained 300 community monitors on Community Integrity Building to ensure quality education accessible to all children. CERC is an independent organization that works with…

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