Student Acting for Honesty, Integrity and Equality (SHINE)
SHINE is a community monitoring project that aims to promote transparency and social accountability in the Congolese educational sector by mobilising and engaging students to track the provision of services in secondary schools.
Between 2018-2020, the program supported 825 students, 106 teachers and 53 principals from 54 secondary schools, and empowered them with resources and skills to combat inefficient and corrupt education services and infrastructure projects in Uvira and in Bukavu. They worked together 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.
The Integrity Club members have been supporting the school administration to spot problems and solve them together. Though it was a difficult job, club members were very effective in improving teachers’ attendance in schools. Teachers now meet their annual plans, the quality of education has improved, and children are taught in an effective way. 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.
The sustainability of our approach
In 2020 we have 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.