Accelerating Equitable Access to School, Reading, Student Retention and Accountability (ACCELERE!)

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Key Information

This project is one of four activities under the ACCELERE! education reform program, which is working in more than 25 sub-provinces to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s national education strategy. This project is implemented by a consortium led by Chemonics International and is working to improve reading outcomes by developing instructional materials, enhancing teacher pedagogy, creating safe learning spaces and working with the government of DRC to strengthen accountability systems and education policies to support the effective delivery of education.

As a major partner, FHI 360 is developing Grades 1 to 4 reading curriculum and materials in three local languages and French and is training teachers and inspectors to implement these materials. To build a culture of reading, FHI 360 is supporting primary school and community reading activities, such as monthly story reading sessions and pairing older and younger children as “reading buddies.” FHI 360 is also developing instructional materials for accelerated learning programs (ALPs), which provide access to education for out-of-school children. the ACCELERE!  project also aims to disseminate the code of conduct on gender-based violence, a document already validated by the MEPSP and used by the EAGLE project (FHI360) and International Medical Corps.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2015 - 2020


Chemonics International

Ministry Affiliation


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence


  • Literacy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

  • N/A

Other populations reached

  • Community leaders
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies
  • Developing/promoting new laws/policies

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased literacy

Cross-cutting goals

  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms