Education for Women in villages
Project location: CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
Project start date: March 2009 - Project end date: March 2010
Project number: 2008-48
FIRST IMPLEMENTATION STAGE ( March - May 2009)
a) Volunteers recruitment
The project staff organized four missions, one in each village, to recruit volunteers who will be trained as instructors. Local authorities and the women community were invited to take part at the project presentation and to suggest volunteer candidates to be enrolled in the project.
As a result, FEDA got 4 volunteers per village namely Kavumbwe, Kabogo, Kazimia and Karamba. The official launch of the project was held on April 10 in Kazimia, April 12 In Kavumbwe, April 14 In Kabogo and April 20 in Karamba while the session of recruited volunteers took place on April 25 in Kazimia.
b) Printing and production of educational materials
180 educational kits, to be used by instructors and women, were produced and printed in a town nearby.
These included a teaching guide for instructors and printings for learners .
c) Arrangement of course locations
The project staff made contact with school authorities in each concerned villages to solicit the availability of rooms in afternoon hours to be used for the project activities. The project got agreement of authorities in those villages a part from Karamba where alphabetization courses had to be carried out in the catholic church as the village did not avail a primary school.
The project of establishing and running the women alphabetization centres in Kazimia and neighbouring villages have been for an educational strategy that not only focuses on stepping women literacy but also aims at shaping attitudes and developing interpersonal skills.
The main goal of this project is to increase the number of literate women, to contribute to women's personal development and increase the involvement of women in society
SECOND IMPLEMENTATION STAGE (August 2009 -March 2010)
1. TRAINING SEMINAR FOR VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS
On October 2009, FEDA carried out a four-day training seminar for volunteers in Kazimia. The 23 participants, both women and men, were selected from the four villages which had participated to the volunteer recruitment session.
2. RECRUITING COURSE PARTICIPANTS/BENEFICIARIES
662 women asked to take part to the adult literacy classes . Unfortunately some of them could not attend them as the activity overlapped with farming period. Each literacy course was divided into three clasess for beginners, intermediate learners and women with international language skills.
3. SUPERVISION and MONITORING OF COURSES
Volunteer instructors were based in their own villages, where taught their classes three times a week, under the constant supervision of FEDA's department for education. This took place from October 2009 to February 2010.
4. VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS ASSESSMENT MEETINGS
After careful monitoring, and evaluation, a final assessment meeting was arranged and held on 12 December 2009, with the particiopation of boh students and instructors. This was a great occasion for FEDA to have feedbacks about the needs and problems of participants.
• 460 women learned to write, read and calculate
• 102 women improved their English and French
• 100 are still completing their courses
• further 320 participants have been identified for future programs
• 23 instructors are available in different villages for the next year's program