Final Report: ACCELERE! Activity1: Improving Education Access, Quality, and Governance in the DRC .

Project Report | May 21, 2021

USAID, in partnership with the DRC government , designed the ACCELERE!1 project to improve educational outcomes for girls and boys through improved school materials, reduced barriers to education, and increased transparency of school governance structures in the DRC.

Over a six year implementation period, ACCELERE!1 worked in four languages of instruction with nearly 5,000 schools with over 3.6 million enrolled students across nine provinces in the DRC. The project aimed to increase early grade reading outcomes by making schools safer, reducing barriers for students, and partnering with parents to improve retention. ACCELERE! also developed and distributed school materials, provided continuing teacher professional development, and improved school oversight and governance. During the school closures due to COVID-19 pandemic, ACCELERE!1 converted its school materials into multi-grade interactive radio lessons to help children maintain acquired skills, learn methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and improve their socio-emotional wellbeing.