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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In Goma, Literacy Forms Foundation of Economic Success

In the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, through the ACCELERE!1 project, USAID and DFID co-developed the first-ever functional literacy modules in the local language of Kiswahili.

ACCELERE!1 “Comite Genre” (Gender Committee)

The ACCELERE!1 project works to strengthen the capacity of school directors and teachers on gender-sensitive pedagogy in order to prevent and fight against all forms of violence in schools.

ACCELERE!1 “Education en Langues Congolaises” (Education in Congolese Languages)

ACCELERE!1 provides technical support to the Congolese reading and writing curriculum, using three national languages (Ciluba, Kiswahili and Lingala) to teach children at the primary level.

ACCELERE!1 CAP Centers in Goma

Through the ACCELERE!1 project, USAID and DFID co-developed functional literacy modules in the local language of Kiswahili so youth impacted by regional instability can receive literacy training before starting vocational programs.

ACCELERE!1 Reading and Writing

ACCELERE!1, a USAID and UKAID-funded early grade reading program implemented by Chemonics, supports early grade reading and writing programs in the DRC. This video highlights the benefits of using teaching and learning materials.

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