Project 6: Girls’ protection and education

Country(ies) involved: DRCKivu Children and youngsters supported: 100

Protecting girls’ rights and fostering school enrollment in the Ruzizi region

Country(ies): DRC.
Children and youngsters supported: 100.
Budget: € 10 812.

Project
Women and girls in the Ruzizi region, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, are regarded as socially inferior to men, which hinders the realization of their socio-economic rights including in terms of access to education. Many of them have never been to school as their parents prioritized their meager resources to school their boy children, or have dropped out early after being married or made pregnant from as young as 15. Forced enrolment in armed groups and sexual violence also contribute to their being marginalized out of school. Moreover, women are not given the chance to take part in decision-making in the community, and few of them are given official responsibilities.  As a consequence, many women and girls are illiterate, ignore their rights and are not able to fight for them. Yet it is demonstrated that educated mothers are more likely to enroll their children to school, especially the girls.

With a view to foster this virtuous circle and to reduce discrimination against girls with regards to education, the project foresees to raise awareness in 10 villages where girls are highly marginalized.  Besides, it will cover the the schooling expenses of 100 of the most vulnerable girls (from displaced families, orphans or abandoned girls, victims of sexual abuse, handicapped, domestic workers, accused of witchcraft, formerly enrolled in armed groups) for one year as a way to encourage their parents and the community to give them access to education.

Expected results
– 100 vulnerable girls are enrolled in school and 75% of them pass their exam. Their parents commit to supporting their schooling further.
– Communities in 10 village are sensitized to women and girls’ rights, especially to the importance of giving equal education chances to girls and boys.
– Girls’ clubs are created and engage in peer education in their community.
– The number of girls enrolled in school increases in the schools of the Ruzizi region.
– The school girls are more aware of the importance of studying and avoid dropping out without reason.
– The local authorities adopt concrete strategies to enhance girls’ education.

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