Project profile — Education for Crisis-Affected Girls in Eastern DRC


Save the Children Canada (22502)
2020-02-26 - 2023-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Congo, Democratic Republic (100.00%)


• Education policy and administrative management:
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (15.00%)
Education facilities and training (11120) (25.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (20.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (5.00%)
• Water And Sanitation: Basic sanitation (14032) (10.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal 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)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to support the reintegration of child survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) into a safer school system in the conflict-affected and marginalized communities of North and South Kivu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The project works to improve girls’ access to education and strengthening education systems to be gender-responsive. The project also works to provide immediate psychosocial, emotional and material support to reintegrate child survivors of SGBV into school. The project seeks to tackle harmful gender norms and gender inequality at the household, school and community level by promoting positive gender norms. Project activities include: (1) providing social and emotional support, as well as materials and financial support to 900 SGBV survivors and other vulnerable girls and boys to pursue formal and non-formal education; (2) providing training to 780 education leaders or members of school governance structures (school management committees, parent and student associations) on positive gender norms, and the provision of an inclusive, safe, gender-responsive school environment; (3) improving the capacity of 1,445 teachers (of which 466 are women) to deliver protective, inclusive, gender-responsive instructions to girls, including survivors of SGBV. The project aims to target some 30, 675 direct beneficiaries, including 14, 025 girls and 14, 025 boys between the ages of 6 and 16, and 720 girls and 180 boys survivors of SGBV. The project also aims to reach approximately 87, 600 indirect beneficiaries to receive key messages to raise awareness and strengthen attitudes towards girls’ education.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased equitable access for girls and adolescent girls, including survivors of SGBV, to safe, quality and inclusive formal and non-formal learning opportunities; (2) improved quality, safety and gender responsiveness of learning environments conducive to the protection and retention of girls and adolescent girls, including survivors of SGBV; and (3) increased commitment of State and non-State actors to prioritize gender responsive and safe education for girls and reduce SGBV at district and national levels.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) integrated 3,022 children (1,540 girls and 1,482 boys) into the formal system, and 2,487 children (1,532 girls and 955 boys) into the non-formal system of remedial education centres (CRS); (2) trained 536 teachers (339 men and 197 women) on protection, psychosocial support and gender-based violence, and established greater collaboration between teachers in partner schools and the community-based child protection networks (RECOPE) to make it easier to reference and identify protection cases; (3) 91 officers (23 women and 68 high-ranking men) participated in training sessions on international humanitarian law and the protection of children and schools. The Geneva Call organization also facilitated 2,097 long-distance exchanges with armed non-state actors; (4) 464 people (232 men and 232 women members of community protection networks) received training on various subjects, including child protection, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and psychosocial support (SPS); (5) distributed 37,959 school kits to 18,791 girls and 19,168 boys in formal and non-formal education; (6) 6,024 girls received menstrual hygiene-management kits, followed by educational talks with adolescent girls. This helped mitigate the risk of stigmatization of vulnerable children, including survivors of SGBV, by other children; and (7) strengthened capacities of 536 teachers (339 men and 197 women) from 85 schools in psychosocial first aid to ensure that children are properly supported when they return to school and their safety is promoted by adopting a healthy way to adapt and balancing emotional reactions.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
16-02-2024 Disbursement $398,846
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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