Project profile — Gender-Inclusive Radio-Based Education in the DRC – Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Gender-Inclusive Radio-Based Education in the DRC – Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Overview
War Child Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-2872374426)
2020-09-03 - 2022-03-31
Country / region • Congo, Democratic Republic (100.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (5.00%)
• Basic Education
Primary education (11220) (35.00%)
• Secondary Education
Lower secondary education (11321) (35.00%)
• Water And Sanitation
Basic sanitation (14032) (25.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to improve learning outcomes for out-of-school children, particularly girls and children with disabilities, in conflict-affected and marginalized communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project builds on a 4-year pilot project implemented by War Child Canada that used interactive radio instruction to reach learners unable to participate in the formal school system. The project aims to scale-up the radio-based education approach to ensure continuity of education for learners affected by school closure, and to support COVID-19 prevention messages. Project activities include: (1) providing training to 100 education assistants and ministry personnel in Interactive Radio Learning and gender-responsive education; (2) broadcasting of accelerated learning curriculum in three new DRC provinces (Haut Katanga, Ituri and Tanganyika); (3) supporting learners through access to education assistants via toll-free hotline and on-air question and answer period following radio broadcasts; (4) developing and broadcasting of daily radio spots with messaging on health education, gender-based violence and the importance of girls’ education; and (5) providing water, sanitation and hygiene support to identified education structures based on rapid needs assessment to facilitate the back to school campaign. This project expects that an additional 366,937 (of which 184,569 are girls and 182,368 are boys) crisis-affected learners have access to quality education.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased access to safe and secure learning environments following COVID-19 crisis; (2) increased capacity of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to prepare and respond to school interruption; and (3) increased support for the eventual transition back to school for crisis-affected learners.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) Four radio stations broadcasted the lessons of the Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) and were also responsible for broadcasting spots with awareness messages on COVID-19 in French and local languages (Lingala and Swahili); (2) 350,000 additional learners received distance education through lessons broadcast on six radio stations, and received support from 64 trained Education Assistants.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
31-03-2023 Disbursement $99,148
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Gender-Inclusive Radio-Based Education in the DRC – Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Related information
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Making Waves: Gender-Inclusive Radio-Based Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo
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