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Congo, Democratic Republic of: Background
Barriers to girls’ education
- High fees for school compared to average household income.
- Prioritization of boys.
- Early marriage and child labour as a result of poverty.
- The impact of HIV and AIDS on families.
- The persistence of inter-ethnic and armed conflict.
UNGEI in action
The UNGEI partnership is known as ‘Accélération de l’éducation des filles’ (Acceleration for Girls’ Education) and uses the slogan ‘toutes le filles à l’école’ (all girls to school).
Working with governmental, bilateral and multilateral partners towards the abolition of school fees imposed on parents.
- Increasing community awareness of the individual and social benefits of education for girls.
- Supplying basic school stationery for students and teaching aids for educators to relieve families of these expenses.
- Supporting improved teacher training to encourage better educational techniques.
Strong collaboration exists with Government ministries, including Education, Communication and Social Affairs. Partnerships are also in place with religious and community groups, non-governmental organizations and civil society groups, such as female, youth and faith-based organizations. Key UN partners include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank.