Behinderung und Entwicklungs­zusammen­arbeit e.V.

Inclusive Education and Vocational Training in Uvira, Congo

New foreign project by bezev and ADED in Uvira (Congo) for the inclusion of children and young people.

Since November 2020, bezev has been working with project partner ADED to provide inclusive education at Saint-Pierre primary school and to promote vocational training for children and young people with and without disabilities in the Kasenga district in Uvira (Congo). The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

The Partner Organisation:

Appui au Développement de l'Enfant en Detresse (ADED) is a development organisation founded in 2000 with the aim of accompanying disadvantaged and vulnerable children through holistic support within their families or in host families, without separating them from their living environment. The organisation follows the approach that families and communities are better placed than anyone else to identify the most important needs of their children and mobilise the necessary resources. 

Situation on the Ground:

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo often professes its commitment to inclusive education and yet lacks numerous resources to provide inclusive, quality education. With limited access to education, economic and social opportunities also become more difficult.

Social attitudes on the part of parents, school leaders and society are a strong driver for children with disabilities being limited in their access to education. Their abilities and contribution to society are often underestimated. Disability is associated with witchcraft according to traditional beliefs. Disabled family members are hidden at home out of shame. 
Added to this: Almost all mainstream schools lack adapted infrastructure, aids and school materials to enable children with disabilities to participate. With limited access to education, economic and social opportunities also become more difficult.

Uvira City has about 400,000 inhabitants (in comparison: Essen has about 590,000 inhabitants). Our project partner ADED determined that among them are 982 children and young people with disabilities aged 0-33. Only 5% of school-age children with disabilities attend school. 
This is also due to the fact that the mainstream schools in Uvira City are not yet prepared for inclusive education.

The Project:

On the one hand, the project deals with the Saint-Pierre primary school, which is to be promoted in inclusive, quality education. On the other hand, it includes vocational training for vulnerable children and young people with and without disabilities in the Kasenga neighbourhood in Uvira City. What does this look like in concrete terms?

  • Awareness of inclusive issues is being raised, especially among local community leaders, local education officials, teachers and parents.
  • The infrastructure of Saint-Pierre primary school is being made more inclusive.
  • The school will be equipped so that every child can learn effectively (e.g. Braille).
  • Teachers will be adequately trained and supported to adapt their teaching methods.
  • Opportunities for employment in income-generating activities for children and young people with and without disabilities who have not been able to experience schooling are strengthened and supported.
  • Promotion of self-help groups as a local support system for people with disabilities.

Objectives:

The project thus aims to contribute to the improvement of education, vocational training and integration of children and young people with and without disabilities in the Kasenga neighbourhood in the city of Uvira. Meaning:

The stigmatisation of children and youth with disabilities decreases and the 'social climate' for their rights and concerns becomes more comfortable.
The socio-economic living situation of children and young people with disabilities who are not enrolled in school and their families is improved. They participate in income-generating activities and can thus ensure their livelihood.
Inclusive education, both schooling and vocational training, is improved. Access is facilitated, the quality of teaching is better and the skills of teachers are strengthened.

If you would like to support us in the implementation of the project, you can make a donation: Fundraising Campaign on betterplace

Meeting and exchange of key stakeholders on the inclusive concerns of the project

Meeting and exchange of key stakeholders on the inclusive concerns of the project

Group picture of the participants of a meeting of ADED

Group picture of the participants of a meeting of ADED

Participants of the meeting

Participants of the meeting

Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The aim is to raise awareness on the lives and concerns of people with disabilities.

Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The aim is to raise awareness on the lives and concerns of people with disabilities.