|UNESCO and AVSI: Together for Quality Education in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)|
Goma, DRC - 240 teachers have received received psychosocial training by AVSI. On March 19th at the Disasi Primary school, in the district of Mugunga, Goma, UNESCO celebrated the official launch of its emergency education projects for 2014 by gathering all its partners, including AVSI.
, UNESCO and AVSI trained with AVSI’s psycho-social education module.
The trainings, which aimed at strengthening the capacity of teachers and headmasters as educators in emergency situations, were held for in the city Goma and surrounding areas.
The module addresses the most sensitive issues of pedagogy and education, tailoring them to the specific emergency situations currently faced by the DRC and focuses on themes such as, “Understanding yourself and others” and “The development of the person: their needs and environment”.
Particular attention was given to emotional and recreational activities aimed at addressing traumatic events and promoting peacebuilding. At the the training, participants were provided with a psychosocial manual and each school received a recreational kit in order to carry out the activities proposed during the training.
, in collaboration with the , are working together to support teachers as they meet the challenges they have to face in their job as well as to promote quality education, especially in emergency and conflict situations.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has a population of 72 million people, There is continuous turmoil in the country, especially in the Eastern provinces of North and South Kivu, due to several issues ranging from the presence of a large number of armed groups to violence, continuous displacement of the population and lack of a proper infrastructure.
AVSI has been operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1972 in the areas of North and South Kivu. Its activities focus on the fields of education, child protection, food security, and health care in situations of emergency, stabilization and development. AVSI DRC staff includes AVSI is based in Goma, with field offices in Bukavu and Uvira.