Child and Youth Education Response Activity (CYERA)

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Funding Opportunity ID: 323009
Opportunity Number: 72066020RFA00002
Opportunity Title: Child and Youth Education Response Activity (CYERA)
Opportunity Category: Other
Opportunity Category Explanation: The Child and Youth Education Response Activity (CYERA) will target children and youth (both girls and boys) living in crisis- and conflict-affected communities and areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation: The Child and Youth Education Response Activity (CYERA) will target children and youth (both girls and boys) living in crisis- and conflict-affected communities of Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu, with the capacity to deliver rapid education services in other provinces (e.g., Haut Uele, Tanganyika, Kasaï Central) if and when requested based on anticipated needs.
CFDA Number(s): 98.001
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USAID-DEM
Agency Name: Agency for International Development
Democratic Republic of the Congo USAID-Kinshasa
Posted Date: Dec 12, 2019
Close Date: Feb 17, 2020
Last Updated Date: Dec 12, 2019
Award Ceiling: $38,000,000
Award Floor: $38,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $38,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the fifth most fragile state in the world, with a humanitarian context characterized by recurrent patterns of conflict and displacement, exacerbated by epidemic outbreaks and natural disasters. Prolonged conflict in certain parts of the DRC is complex, with ethnic, international, and financial interests at play at all geographic administrative levels. These interests, compounded by poor governance, often leave local populations subject to the tyranny of warlords and armed groups that have taken advantage of the opportunity presented by the lack of rule of law.Children and youth (girls and boys) in the DRC are exposed to multi-dimensional idiosyncratic and aggregate shocks and stresses. With an estimated 4.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), the already stretched education system is under tremendous pressure to ensure access to quality education for the estimated 1.8 million school-aged children in need. Many children find themselves in conflict and disease-ridden conditions throughout the country. Schools are closed and attacks on schools are common, resulting in families who are forced to flee. In the Kasai regions alone, there were 639 verified and unverified incidents from 2016-2017, including shelling, burning, looting, and military occupation of schools. Destruction of school infrastructure, disruption of the school calendar, and insufficient teachers in conflict-affected zones severely limit access to education for girls and boys. In mining areas, education for indigenous and transient populations (migrants) is even more complicated. Tensions rise and numerous anecdotes exist of children being banned from school if they are not from the area.The resulting cooperative agreement aims at Increasing access to responsive education services and Improving delivery of quality, gender- and crisis-responsive foundational instruction in conflict prone areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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