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Project information

School building -Democratic Republic of Congo

Over a decade of fighting in DRC has left the education infrastructure badly damaged. In eastern DRC, 90% of schools have been destroyed. We plan to build and equip at least a further 9 primary schools in the eastern region to enable hundreds of children to go to school, many for the first time.

July 2013 - June 2016

Charity information: Children in Crisis

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  • Need


    Over a decade of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has had a devastating impact on the population. Since 1998 over 5 million people (1.8 million of them children) have been killed, the majority of them civilians and an estimated 2.2 million have been internally displaced. The fighting has left little education infrastructure remaining and there are very few trained teachers. The education system in the eastern region has been worst hit, with up to 90% of schools destroyed.


    Children in Crisis has been working on the remote High Plateau of South Kivu in eastern DRC since 2006, supporting a variety of educational initiatives. At the beginning of 2007 Children in Crisis launched a School Rebuilding and Teacher Training Programme in partnership with local NGO, Eben Ezer Ministries International (EMI). To date, nine schools have been rebuilt, and 464 primary school teachers trained. It costs roughly £60,000 to build a school that can last for up to 50 years.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To engage the community in the construction and maintenance of the school building.


    » Engage with communities to involve them in the construction process, giving them a sense of ownership of the building.

    What success will look like

    Community providing the labour and some of the raw materials and supporting children's attendance.

    Aim 2

    Build enquiring minds, repair relations between communities and convey life-saving messages.


    » Peace education and health education are part of the curriculum and teacher training programmes. Each school will have capacity for 300 children.

    What success will look like

    Children, girls and young women in particular, attending community workshops to raise awareness on their rights and substantial increase in girls' school attendance.

  • Impact


    Increased attendance in school attendance and in children, girls in particular, moving on to secondary education. Increased innovative capacity and economic development with livelihood projects started by women to generate income to sustain their children's education and the maintainance of the school buildings. A population’s education and health status play a significant role in a country’s economic development. Education empowers people to improve governance and governments accountability.


    Political instability in the region present a threat to project delivery. We have 20 years' experience of working in countries affected by conflict and 9 years experience working on the Plateau, during which time our school building efforts have only ever faced minor delays. We have unparalleled experience of delivering these school builds in the region.


    Donors will receive regular updates with pictures and narrative from the field as the builds progress. Our aim is to build a sense of ownership and achievement for donors who have helped us to bring education to the Plateau.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £80,000 1 school detailed budget available on request
  • Background


    We are working with communities of the Mid and High plateau region of South Kivu, Eastern DRC.


    Each school will have capacity for 300 children per year.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 20 years' experience delievering educational projects in some of the toughest environments. We choose to work where few others do, in some of the most challenging places. If it was not for Children in Crisis these communities would have no access to quality education.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amy Parker

    Programme Manager monitoring our projects in DR Congo and liaising with our Local Partner a local NGO, Eben Ezer Ministries International (EMI).


could buy enough bricks for a whole new classroom

“In the old school the sticks we sat on made us tired. Now even our minds are comfortable because we are motivated with a good building”