Socio-Economic Reintegration of 45 Unemployed and Underrepresented Youth in Kinshasa

9 youth-led and youth-serving organizations within the Issue-based Collaborative Network have launched an impact project called “Socio-Economic Reintegration of 45 Unemployed and Underrepresented Youth in Kinshasa”.

Funded under the Youth Represent DRC project implemented in Kinshasa by the Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption, this Quick Impact Project aims to support ICON participants in the implementation of the ICON Collaborative Action Plan (CAP), including the implementation of advocacy, psychosocial support, entrepreneurship training, and income-generating activities for the socioeconomic reintegration of 45 marginalized and under-represented unemployed youth in Kinshasa.

Youth Represent DRC is part of the activities carried out under USAID’s global Youth Excel: Our Knowledge, Leading Change program, led by IREX. Through Youth Excel, youth-led and youth-serving organizations in Kinshasa collaborate and conduct implementation research, learning how to strengthen the inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized youth in education and workforce development in DRC.

138 school principals and 278 teachers trained on integrity building and anti-corruption measures in the school system

278 teachers and 138 head teachers from 150 secondary schools in Kinshasa and Bukavu, received intensive training on anti-corruption measures and promoting integrity in the school system.

Organized by the CERC, these pieces of training are part of the “Students Acting for Accountability and Quality of Education” project funded by the Global Partnership for Education and aimed at introducing all school children to the values of integrity and accountability.

At the end of the three-day training, participants demonstrated a broad understanding of the integrity-building approach in schools and the teaching methodology of the integrity education course introduced by CERC in the Congolese education system. In addition, memoranda of understanding were signed between CERC and partner schools, paving the way for creating Integrity Clubs in Kinshasa and Bukavu schools and introducing the Integrity Education course for 2250 students aged 14-19 years in 150 Integrity Clubs.

Project Fact Sheets

The “Students Acting for Accountability and Quality of Education in DRC” project is a 30-month program funded by the Global Partnership for Education and implemented in six municipalities in Kinshasa and six municipalities in South Kivu by CERC.

To ensure that the Democratic Republic of Congo has accountable schools that can provide quality and inclusive education to students, the project plans to ensure that:

  • By the end of 2024, 50 senior education officials, 6 civil society organizations, and 10 parliamentarians are working closely with CERC to incorporate anti-corruption measures and the promotion of accountability in the education sector;
  • By the end of the project, 2250 students (ages 14-19) are engaged and supported to become active agents of positive change by advocating for anti-corruption behavior and the promotion of accountability and to demand that education reforms meet their needs;
  • By the end of the project, 150 secondary schools support the incorporation of integrity clubs to ensure the long-term sustainability of anti-corruption and accountability efforts in the education sector;
  • Advocacy and student-led campaigns create broader support and demand for anti-corruption measures and the promotion of transparency in the education sector.

Consultation workshop on integrity education in secondary schools

A multi-stakeholder consultation workshop was held on Wednesday, July 28, 2022, in the conference room of the Horizon Hotel in Bukavu, bringing together 41 participants, including representatives of the Ministry of Education, parents associations, teachers unions, education experts, and NGOs.

Organized by CERC as part of the Students Acting for Accountability and Quality of Education in DRC project, the workshop’s purpose was to review the CERC’s policies, programs, and curricula related to transparency, integrity, and anti-corruption in secondary schools.

At the end of this workshop, a memorandum of understanding for integrating integrity clubs in all secondary schools in South Kivu has been signed between the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education through the Provincial Directorate of Education of South Kivu 1 and CERC.

The “Students Acting for Accountability and Quality of Education in DRC” project is a 30-month program funded by the Global Partnership for Education and implemented in six municipalities in Kinshasa and six municipalities in South Kivu by CERC.

To ensure that the Democratic Republic of Congo has accountable schools that can provide quality and inclusive education to students, the project plans to ensure that:

  • By the end of 2024, 50 senior education officials, 6 civil society organizations, and 10 parliamentarians are working closely with CERC to incorporate anti-corruption measures and the promotion of accountability in the education sector;
  • By the end of the project, 2250 students (ages 14-19) are engaged and supported to become active agents of positive change by advocating for anti-corruption behavior and the promotion of accountability and to demand that education reforms meet their needs;
  • By the end of the project, 150 secondary schools support the incorporation of integrity clubs to ensure the long-term sustainability of anti-corruption and accountability efforts in the education sector;
  • Advocacy and student-led campaigns create broader support and demand for anti-corruption measures and the promotion of transparency in the education sector.