Helping the poorest children advocate for better education services

When poor children access to education, they often cannot obtain quality education nor participate in decision making at school level. That often prevents them from receiving education in better environment with better toilets, clean water, library and safer classroom.  In the low income neighborhoods around Ruzizi Valley, thousands of children have been obliged to study in poorly equipped and poorly governed private schools just to gain access to education. In some schools, approximately 300 students’ girls and boys share a single toilet in school. The arrangement is a drain on the students’ time and their health. “girls and children wait…

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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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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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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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