Equality for Girls Access to Learning (EGAL)

Program Type

Community Development

Planned Life Cycle

2020 - 2023


Democratic Republic of Congo

Areas of Focus

Education | Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Target Population

600,000 people (192,000 girls and 186,000 boys)

Lead Agency

World Vision Canada

Funding Partner

Global Affairs Canada 

Implementing Partners

Gender and Social Service Ministries
Local Government
Make Music Matter
Provincial and national education systems

659children and youth participated in groups and clubs, gathering with peers to develop new skills and positive values


377children attended in-school or after-school literacy activities


155teachers received curriculum training, equipping them to better support children's learning

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Program Details

The humanitarian situation in Kasai Central province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has been characterized by massive population movements. The Angolan government had forced over 650,000 Congolese nationals who had been living there for years to repatriate. While the Kamuina Nsapu refugees were not affected, the forced return ensured that the situation in Kasai province remained increasingly complex. There were over 57,000 forced returnees, including almost 15,000 children, who were registered at various borders, and almost 13,000 spontaneous refugees were identified by UNHCR in the community. An estimated 30% of these returnees were children, including unaccompanied children, who required humanitarian assistance.

With the lack of basic social infrastructure (schools, hospitals, and markets), most of which were impacted during the 2016 crisis in Kasai, as well as the deterioration of agricultural service roads, those populations returned to Kanaga and Dibaya. When they returned, they experienced difficulties not only in ensuring the education of children, but also faced challenges with the standards and equality of education available. Local customs within the areas regularly discriminated against girls by having girls focus more on domestic activities rather than having girls enrolled in school.

The response

In response to this fragile and conflict-affected context, World Vision, in partnership with Make Music Matter (MMM), local administration, provincial and national education systems, and the Gender and Social Service Ministries, has been implementing the Equality for Girls' Access to Learning (EGAL) project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The project, which started in January 2020, is an inclusive, gender-transformative, quality education and learning project serving Dibaya and Kanaga in Kasai Central province. The project will be guided by the direction of Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy and the G7 Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Gils, Adolescent Girls, and Women in Developing Countries. EGAL is aligned with the current Ministry of Education priorities and influenced by the learnings from the Education Cluster.


The project aims to enhance girls' agency, increase their resilience in fragile contexts and improve their independent decision-making power. The project will accomplish this using two strategies:

Increase equitable access to quality, inclusive, safe, gender-responsive education and learning for vulnerable children and youth, particularly girls, in primary and secondary education levels

  • Address physical and economic barriers to girls' education through improving sanitation facilities, providing menstrual hygiene management kits, and disseminating information about health and hygiene through hygiene clubs in schools
  • Address psychological barriers to education through music therapy in partnership with Make Music Matter
  • Increase community and household awareness of the rights to education, protection, and decision-making for girls and young women through radio campaigns and training sessions
  • Make Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) available for out-of-school children and youth
  • Improve gender-responsive literacy education provided to children and youth by training primary school teachers on the Unlock Literacy methodology and establishing Reading Clubs for in and out-of-school children

Improve provision by national, provincial, and local authorities of quality, inclusive, safe, gender-responsive education and learning services for vulnerable children and youth, particularly girls

  • Work with provincial education stakeholders to review and strengthen education policies and strategies to support the protection of girls' protection and access to education
  • Help to coordinate provincial and local education stakeholders to deliver safe, inclusive, conflict-sensitive, and gender-responsive education
  • Generate research with an academic partner on gender and conflict-sensitive data to share with national and provincial stakeholders
  • Support local education stakeholders in developing and implementing safe, inclusive, conflict-sensitive, and gender-responsive School Improvement Plans (SIPs)
  • Train teachers in gender-responsive and conflict-sensitive methods
An image of children sitting on the ground in a classroom, writing in workbooks.



A young girl holds a microphone and wears headphones, while a group of children stand singing behind her.

In the EGAL project area, this music therapy program is helping to heal emotional wounds by pairing survivors of violence with a professional therapist and music producer, unlocking trauma from deep within the brain.

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