STEP DRC implements its activities within three schools in South Kivu Province (Eastern DR Congo); Institut Weza, EDAP/ISP, and Institut Mushunguri. Weza is a private school and the latter two are public. EDAP/ISP is located in a mixed market farming setting, while the other two are located in a more subsistence farming area.
Weza is the only institute that is both a primary and secondary school. Agricultural instruction is provided at least three times a week. The schools are open to collaboration with the private, development, and public sectors.
All the schools have a field area for course practicals in crops. They rely on rain-fed agriculture and have no irrigation systems. Before engagement with STEP, none had agricultural machinery. Two schools include practical training in the rearing of small animals. Marketing and value-addition are underrepresented in the curriculum. There are few computers in these schools but when available are shared between teachers and students for agricultural instruction. Extracurricular agricultural clubs have been in existence for the past two years in Weza and EDAP but are not available in Mushunguri.
Each Country selected the various commodities that they will be training these students on, based on certain factors which include:
- Cycles of the commodities: Commodities with shorter cycles were selected (except cassava because of its large value chain options) This is because Students may get discouraged if it takes longer time is taken for production
- Viability: Profitable crops were selected to encourage the students and also to prove the profitability of Agribusiness
- Ease of set-up in schools
- Nutritional benefits
- Facilitator expertise