Congo (DRC, South Kivu)
After decades of neglect and years of civil war, the education system of Congo is weak and limited. There are very few resources, poor availability of teaching materials and a low level of pedagogical supervision.
REF believes that teachers and young people together can be game-changers and invests in youth as the future leaders. Together they can take leadership in preventing and resolving conflict and violence that is essential to building sustainable peace. REF wants to stimulate and support their creativity and energy in building up and reforming the education system. It is in this context that the Respect program started in South-Kivu, Walungu Region in five schools in 2014. After a successful pilot, the program expanded and is running at the moment at 26 primary schools and 40 secondary schools. The program is implemented in collaboration with Cordaid DRC, the Department of Education and the AAP and is part of the education program in the region.
The appreciation of differences, and different learning styles
Both school directors and teachers in the program recognize that the quality of the teaching could improve. The majority of teachers received limited professional training or support and face challenging numbers of students with limited resources.
Limited teaching materials and in general limited teacher training negatively impact the quality of education that teachers can deliver to often large and diverse groups of children in a classroom. A teacher explaining and writing on a blackboard and children copying in notebooks is common practice. The schools are located in unstable, fragile regions with a past of violent conflict. School directors and teachers are aware that other pedagogical approaches exist and are interested to improve their skills and prepare their pupils better for the future.
The Respect Education program aims to enhance the quality of teaching and improve learning outcomes of children by creating a climate of tolerance and respect in school classes.

Congo (DRC) (active since 2014)

- 15.000 pupils, 160 teachers

 of 26 primary schools in DRC

- 12.000 students, 650 teachers of 40 secondary schools

- Partners: Cordaid, AAP, Department of Education

The goal of this program is to improve the quality of education in Congo and create a participative learning environment where every child feels safe and accepted by developing his/her social and emotional skills. This is done through the implementation of MAP 'Methode Active et Participative' supported by a pedagogy that offers simple techniques to promote the value of respect, and synergizes concepts of adaptive learning, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning approach and group dynamics. A supportive and enabling environment will lead to improved learning capacity and better learning results.The target group is 165 teachers and 15,000 children (8-14 yrs old) at 26 schools, and 665 teachers of 40 secondary schools located in Walungu District in South-Kivu and in Shabunda. The school inspection and other officials of the Department of Education at district and provincial level are closely involved in the development and implementation of the program.