Accelerating Access and Learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

ACCELERE! 1 Project

Project Dates: May 2015 - May 2020
In a country where more than 7 million children are not currently in school, a systematic effort is targeting the primary education sector to help close that gap.

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has created a 10-year national education strategy with two goals: increasing children’s access to education and ensuring that all children master fundamental reading skills by the end of Grade 2. To support the country’s goals, the ACCELERE! 1 project (“accelerating” in French), funded jointly by USAID and the U.K. Department for International Development, works with students, teachers, school administrators, reading coaches, and community members across 26 subprovinces. Chemonics implements the largest component of ACCELERE! 1, which focuses on collaborating with education authorities and nongovernmental partners to increase the effectiveness of schools at the local level.

Project Goals


  • Increase equitable enrollment in a high-quality education environment and keep students enrolled
  • Help the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Education to develop and deliver evidence-based, early-grade reading curriculum and materials in local languages and in French
  • Work with the national government to develop and apply inclusive education policies and increase nongovernmental oversight of schooling
  • Improve reading outcomes by developing high-quality instructional materials and enhancing teacher effectiveness through training and coaching
  • Foster effective learning environments in a conflict-sensitive context

Our Impact Building Safe Spaces for Learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

To ensure that girls and boys in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have access to a meaningful education, the Accelere! project, funded by USAID and DFID, aims to benefit more than 1 million children who otherwise would not get these opportunities.

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has created a 10-year national education strategy with two goals: increasing children’s access to education and ensuring that all children master fundamental reading skills by the end of Grade 2. To support the country’s goals, the ACCELERE! 1 project (“accelerating” in French), funded jointly by USAID and the U.K.…

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Our Impact At Home in the Classroom

By integrating mother-tongue language instruction in primary schools, teachers are building a stronger foundation for young students in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has created a 10-year national education strategy with two goals: increasing children’s access to education and ensuring that all children master fundamental reading skills by the end of Grade 2. To support the country’s goals, the ACCELERE! 1 project (“accelerating” in French), funded jointly by USAID and the U.K.…

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