Low rates of primary school enrollment, high drop-out rates, lack of basic materials, and deplorable physical conditions of classrooms: these indicators demonstrate the need for sustained assistance to the education system in the DRC. USAID activities in education are in line with the Government of DRC’s strategy, which aims to increase access, equity, and retention, as well as to improve the quality and relevance of education at all levels of schooling.
USAID support enhances the quality of teacher training, improves reading instruction, provides teaching and learning materials, strengthens management capacity, mobilizes communities around schools and education issues, delivers scholarships to students, and rehabilitates and equips schools, with an emphasis on basic education.
USAID’s secondary focus is increasing access to education through targeted programs for vulnerable people—victims of conflict, girls, out-of-school youth, orphans, and vulnerable children—through school catch-up opportunities, outreach, and special programs. To further education reforms, USAID facilitates the development of national in-service teacher training policy and systems, and is creating a core set of student standards and a sustainable system for assessing student performance.
Last updated: September 17, 2014