The Accelerating Equitable Access to School, Reading, Student Retention and Accountability (ACCELERE!) project is improving equitable access to education and learning outcomes for more than one million boys and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The project is jointly funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.K. Department of International Development (DFID/UKAID).
This project is one of four activities under the ACCELERE! education reform program, which is working in more than 25 sub-provinces to support DRC’s national education strategy. This project is implemented by a consortium led by Chemonics International and is working to improve reading outcomes by developing instructional materials, enhancing teacher pedagogy, creating safe learning spaces and working with the government of DRC to strengthen accountability systems and education policies to support the effective delivery of education.
As a major partner, FHI 360 is developing Grades 1 to 4 reading curriculum and materials in three local languages and French and is training teachers and inspectors to implement these materials. To build a culture of reading, FHI 360 is supporting primary school and community reading activities, such as monthly story reading sessions and pairing older and younger children as “reading buddies.” FHI 360 is also developing instructional materials for accelerated learning programs (ALPs), which provide access to education for out-of-school children.