Strengthening integrity values through integrity clubs in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Fondation Chirezi with the financial support of Integrity Action conduct activities in secondary schools focusing on the young people between the ages of 15-20. FOCHI have set up integrity Clubs in 100 secondary school in Democratic Republic of the Congo and engaged 1800 students aimed  to advocate integrity and good governance in schools and in community as a whole. It also allow student to influencing their peers and theirs communities to do what is right. The Integrity  clubs are led by a patron (Civic and Moral Education’s Teacher)  who is seconded by an elected student to lead the club. The teacher uses the Integrity Club Manual outlined by Integrity Action with the intention of assisting them for capacity-building of students and imparting them training in a systematic manner that follow the process and steps of the community integrity building . The Integrity Education textbook earlier designed by Fondation Chirezi serves as a reference for facilitators; however they are …

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Baraza, approach leading to female empowerment.

Fondation Chirezi is a non-governmental organization working in South-Kivu , a region with a large gender divide. Many women that participated in FOCHI meetings are attending a village meeting for the very first time.  FOCHI takes female participation seriously and threads gender empowerment and mainstreaming work throughout our facilitation process so that women are encouraged to talk and men to listen. The confidence gained from meeting regularly and being introduced to their rights by FOCHI, has given women a new sense of self-worth that had been absent beforehand. On average there is a 40% increase in female participation across all of FOCHI’s partner communities between partnership with a community and the end of the facilitation process. We have witnessed communities with severe gender imbalances engage women for the first time. Impressively, despite not imposing any gender quotas or requirements for the election of leadership committees on our partner communities, we have observed that communities have independently elected 26% female leadership to their leadership …

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