In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it’s estimated that less than half of the 229,066 refugee children aged 3 to 17 are registered for school.
After being closed for six months because of COVID-19, DRC schools reopened in October 2020. However, this presented a major challenge: encouraging as many children as possible to return to school so they could pursue their education under better conditions, while ensuring appropriate health measures were in place.
To address this challenge, UNICEF, as part of a global partnership called Education Cannot Wait, mandated TSF to implement a distance learning strategy for refugee children in rural areas with very limited access to education.
With the help of parents, teachers and community moderators, TSF will be able to support more than 10,000 refugee children living in the Meri, Bele, Gbadolite, Yakoma and Bondo regions.
10 000 refugee children
- Enhance educators’ inclusive teaching practices, distance learning methodologies and content production while providing financial support to facilitate their involvement in the project.
- Make computer equipment and online learning platforms available.
- Create Distance Learning Centres (DLCs) for online teaching, set up community listening posts for radio classes, and provide access to distance learning equipment and material (tablets, desktops, laptops, workbooks and school supplies).
- Install five high-quality autonomous Internet access points in targeted areas with a solar energy system.
- Distribute school kits to the most vulnerable children.
- Distribute handwashing kits and soap to targeted schools, and sanitary kits for high school girls.
- Support learning and guidance for certain vulnerable children with disabilities.
- Educate parents about the importance of their role in supervising and coaching their children, and ensuring they attend classes and apply themselves to homework.
- Create and support 131 project monitoring committees in targeted schools.
- Support six schools by building six blocks of latrines and six water sources in the target zones to facilitate hygiene and COVID-19 prevention.
Brothers of Christian Instruction (BCI)
DRC’s Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education
DRC’s Ministry of Health
DRC’s Ministry of Social Affairs
UN Refugee Agency
Education Cannot Wait