600,000 people (inc. 192,000 girls and 186,000 boys)
World Vision Canada
Global Affairs Canada
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
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.
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
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.
Unless otherwise stated, data presented on this page reflects the most up-to-date results of World Vision Canada programs reported between October 2021 and September 2022, and any previous fiscal years available. Previously reported data may not match the current presentation as we continuously receive and refine data from our programs. If you have any questions, kindly reach out to us.