DanChurchAid (DCA) has been present in Eastern DRC, particularly in North Kivu, South Kivu, Tanganyika, Tshopo and Maniema, since 2004. Our actions have targeted the protection and emergency education in vulnerable communities, anti-mine actions and the fight against sexual violence. DCA has mainly concentrated its emergency education projects in high-risk areas of the Provinces of South Kivu and Maniema.
In 2019-2020, DCA implemented a project in the Territories of Kalehe and Fizi in the Province of South Kivu and in the Territory of Kabambare in Maniema Province. This project was implemented with ECHO funding and focused on emergency education and child protection. Thanks to this project, 10,763 (5,376 girls and 5,387 boys) children benefited from better access to education, including remedial lessons, awareness-raising courses on peace and mine risks / ERW, the rehabilitation of 21 schools (102 class rooms) and the equipping of classrooms with benches and blackboards to improve the quality of education and allow children to study in a protective and dignified environment.
The project reintergrated 4,088 (1,941 girls and 2,147 boys) out-of-school children in conflict zones who had dropped out of school. These children were able to integrate the formal school system during the 2019-2020 school year thanks to refresher courses and conditional cash transfer to the targeted schools.
The refresher courses lasted three months and covered subjects such as: French, Mathematics and Congolese language (Swahili) according to the guidelines of the Education cluster in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, School kits were distributed to students and teachers to support education activities.
On protection activities, we strengthened the capacities of community members on basic child protection concepts, psychosocial support and gender-based violence (SGBV). The idea was to train community members on the emotional development of children, their rights and duties and the notions of inclusion of women in the social life of the community. Recreational activities brought together children who played together, and this contributed in building resilience and also building coping mechanisms. In total, 9,757 children, including 4,668 girls, were registered in the various child-friendly spaces supported by the project.
These achievements was thanks to the financial support from the European Union through its Aid and Civil Protection Agency (ECHO), DCA’s support to vulnerable populations in this part of the DRC began in June 2015 until today. Through this financial support, DCA has been able to reintegrate into the formal school system more than 20,000 children who dropped out of school because of the armed conflict, more than 280 class rooms were rehabilitated and equipped, 400 children with psychosocial problems were accompanied and referred to care structures.
Currently, DCA’s activities in these communities focus on emergency education as well as protection and psychosocial support for children affected by the humanitarian crisis. These education and protection activities are implemented in the South Kivu and Maniema Provinces. DCA works through an approach to support community resilience, in line with its “Safer Communities” strategy.
Jean de Dieu WENGA
Education Project Manager
DCA DR. CONGO