Girls Learning and Empowerment Project

  • P Project/Program

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Key Information

The development objective of the Girls Learning and Empowerment Project for Congo, Democratic Republic of is to improve safe and equitable access to education, particularly for girls, and teaching-learning conditions in secondary schools in selected provinces. The project comprises of four components. The first component, improved access to quality and girl-friendly schools’ objectives are to improve access to school by creating quality learning environments, alleviating financial barriers to female participation, and increasing the proportion of female teachers. It consists of following sub-components: (i) improving learning environments; and (ii) increasing female participation in education. The second component, improved quality of teaching-learning for all objective is to improve the quality of education, particularly for girls, through an improved availability and effectiveness of teaching-learning resources and practices, citizens’ engagement, and the creation of safe and inclusive school environments. It consists of following sub-components: (i) strengthening the curriculum, textbooks, and teaching-learning materials; (ii) strengthening the quality of teaching; and (iii) promoting citizen engagement and safe and inclusive education environments. The third component, project management, monitoring and evaluation objectives are to ensure that capacities and systems are in place to ensure the quality of secondary teaching and learning and to achieve project outcomes while adhering to corporate environmental and social standards and other requirements. The fourth component, contingent emergency response (CERC) will be included in accordance with World Bank investment project financing (IPF) policy for projects in situations of urgent need of assistance or capacity constraints.

Lead Implementing Government(s)

Democratic Republic of the Congo


Sub-Saharan Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2023 - 2028


Ministry Affiliation

Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education


Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Secondary Enrollment


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School facilities
  • School quality
  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Increased availability of learning materials

Educational Technology

  • Digital learning materials/programs

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Textbooks (unspecified)

Menstrual hygiene management

  • Educating girls about menstruation

Reducing economic barriers

  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools


  • Hiring more female teachers
  • Teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, curricula)

Water and sanitation

  • Construction/improvement of toilets (combined use)

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Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Gender parity and non-discrimination are promoted at all subjects/education levels
  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased secondary school enrolment
  • Reduced absenteeism

Cross-cutting goals

Not applicable or unknown