The Package for Improving Education Quality (PIEQ) project aims to improve French and math learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Through collaboration with DRC's National Ministry of Education (MNE), PIEQ builds the capacity of teachers, schools, and communities in three Congolese provinces to increase student learning by improving teaching and the school environment.
A carefully designed course of professional development builds teachers' knowledge in their subject area and skills in student-centered teaching. In addition, PIEQ is extending an existing Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) series from the current grade 1 and 2 programs through grade 6, ensuring that students receive quality daily lessons based on the Congolese curriculum and that teachers receive support in practicing the interactive techniques they learn in training. Communities in the three target provinces of Bandundu, Orientale, and Equateur also play an integral part in improving learning for their children; the program trains parent groups in the planning and implementation of school improvement projects. Schools and communities are organized geographically in clusters to allow for mutual support in undertaking their projects.