TGCI-AQE Safe Learning Environment Project
TGCI is currently developing a mobile reporting mechanism specifically for Accelerated Quality Education (AQE) schools in Margibi county. The AQE for Liberian Children Project aims to increase access to education for approximately 48,000 out-of-school children ages 8 to 15 in 6 targeted counties of Liberia (Bong, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Lofa, Montserrado, and Margibi). It seeks to do so through the implementation of an instructional certification program at out-of-school Learning Centers in these 6 counties. AQE has an important component that seeks to provide and promote Safe Learning Environments for school-aged children. Safe Learning Environments address the behaviors of corporal punishment, sexual harassment, bullying, and substance abuse. USAID’s program document on the AQE project points out that “School-related gender-based violence is a significant barrier to students’ educational achievements. SRGBV is physical, sexual, or psychological violence or abuse that is based on gendered stereotypes on the basis of sex, sexuality, or gender identities. It includes rape, unwanted sexual touching, unwanted sexual comments, corporal punishment, and bullying.”
Our core program includes assessing all One-Stop-Centers and Service Providers in 6 counties where AQE are operating and how effective and efficient they are with rendering services to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, as well as bulling, harassment, etc. Findings from the assessment will inform us on how to build a suitable platform that will enable students and citizens to report all forms of abuse in the AQE school system. As a pilot program, we want to make it easy for students to use two ways mechanism to report any incidents of abuse.