Advocacy and Accountability

CERC supports schools to build equitable and inclusive education systems where all children can learn in a safe and healthy environment free of discrimination.

Student Acting for Accountability and Quality Education is a community monitoring project that aims to promote transparency and social accountability in the Congolese educational sector by mobilizing and engaging students to track services in secondary schools.

CERC works through local schools, which actively engage students, teachers, parents, local NGOs and community members to find out what concerns students the most and where education services and infrastructures can be improved. Students are then trained as Community Integrity Monitors who gather evidence and form Education Clusters– teams composed of public sector authorities, contractors, teachers and citizens. These teams identify solutions to promote integrity in managing, allocating, and delivering public resources such as education services and infrastructures. Without directly investing any money in bricks and mortar, CERC is helping students to build schools, gain access to clean water and receive a quality education.

Our Results

Between 2018-2020, the program directly supported 810 students, 106 teachers and 53 principals from 54 secondary schools. It empowered them with resources and skills to combat inefficient and corrupt education services and infrastructure projects in Uvira and Bukavu (South-Kivu). They worked together to advocate and implement solutions from ensuring drinking water is accessible and clean, schools accessible and safe, education is accessible to children at risk of exclusion, to sorting our rubbish collection in urban areas.

54 Integrity Clubs established and running in secondary schools

810 schoolchildren trained as community monitors

40% of Integrity Clubs leaders are girls, 15% are from marginalised groups

54 secondary schools monitored in South-Kivu

33% school’s integrity issues resolved as part of Integrity Clubs advocacy

Education services improved for 15,441 students

The Integrity Club members have supported the school administration to spot problems and solve them together. Though it was a difficult job, club members were very effective in improving teachers’ school attendance. Teachers now meet their annual plans, the quality of education has improved, and children are taught effectively. This has a direct impact on their lives and future. Their work can be shown to have benefitted over 500,000 people through improved services and infrastructure. 


In 2020 we made progress in embedding Integrity Clubs in schools and education systems in South-Kivu, which makes them sustainable long term. In South-Kivu, education officials have accepted that Integrity Clubs are rolled out across the region.

SDGs Impacted