EDU’KAS project: quality education for children in Democratic Republic of the Congo

AVSI launches the EDU’KAS project, funded by the European Union, aiming to bolster access to education for 16,400 children and foster the social and economic integration of 400 crisis-affected adolescents.

Limited school access, poor infrastructure and conflicts: the challenge of congolese pupils

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) faces significant challenges in its education sector, with limited access, poor infrastructure, and the lingering impact of conflicts obstructing the path to education for many children. Despite the implementation of free primary education, a substantial portion of the youth population still lacks access to schooling, exacerbating existing inequalities. Particularly marginalized groups, including girls and those affected by armed conflicts, continue to face barriers to education, perpetuating a cycle of disadvantage.

With the European union quality education to 16,400 children and 440 adolescents

In collaboration with the organizations TPO (Transcultural Psychosocial Organization) and AIDES (Action et Intervention pour le Développement Social), the E4Impact foudation, and the Ministry of Primary, Secondary, and Technical Education, AVSI aims to address these issues with a holistic approach that will guarantee the inclusion of girls and children with special needs as well as long-term sustainability.

Over the course of 4 years , the EDU'KAS project outlines strategic objectives aimed at transforming the educational landscape:

  • Access to education: by targeting vulnerable, displaced, and returnee children, the project aims to ensure inclusive and continuous education for 16,400 children in targeted districts (Demba and Dibaya districts). Initiatives include creating safe and hygienic learning environments and strengthening identification and referral systems.
  • Teaching quality: through training and capacity building for education stakeholders, including teachers and school directors, the project seeks to improve teaching practices adapted to crisis contexts. This involves providing educational materials and support for vulnerable children within the school system.
  • Vocational training: the project aims to facilitate the social and economic integration of 440 adolescents through vocational training and income-generating activities. By linking adolescents with relevant networks and resources, the aim is to foster sustainable livelihoods and economic resilience.

Looking ahead: investing in education to build resilience

As AVSI embarks on this new journey, it joins hand with stakeholders, partners, and the wider community in realizing the vision of inclusive and quality education for all in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

AVSI is committed to the achievement of SDG4 to build a world where quality education is accessible to all, where schools are inclusive and teachers are prepared to welcome and educate every child. Quality education takes learners beyond memorizing content; it strives to introduce learners to the knowledge of reality as a whole, promoting the values of equality and equity and forming the character of the person. AVSI believes that the key of education and personal development is the awareness of ones own intrinsic value as a person which is not dependent on circumstances or achievements.