EDC has been awarded $12 million over five years to work with universities, employers, and U.S. technology companies in Southeast Asia to improve employment options for young people. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the project known as COMET (Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training) aims to reach more than 20,000 youth in Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
As Ebola rages across West Africa, nongovernmental organizations such as EDC are finding creative ways to continue to deliver programming. Lisa Hartenberger Toby discusses the importance of education and how radio can be used as a teaching tool when it is unsafe to gather in classrooms.
EDC and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) will cohost Youth and Justice: Joining Forces to Strengthen Innovation and Impact, an international forum to discuss approaches to improve the criminal justice system and its nexus with youth.
The USAID-funded PAJE-Nièta (Projet d’Appui aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs/ Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project) aims to accompany 10,000 out-of-school youth toward entrepreneurship with improved basic education and work readiness instruction, relevant technical training, social and leadership development, and support to the development of youth-appropriate livelihood activities.
PAJE-Nièta supports Malian youth in their aspiration to become more educated, economically productive, and civically engaged, empowering them to create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communi
An EDC initiative to improve literacy and learning in Zambia was the focus of a recent visit by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, and Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program, known as Time to Learn, is USAID/Zambia’s flagship program for improving education in community schools.
The Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative (L3) helps Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) develop and implement new national standards for literacy (in English and Kinyarwanda) and numeracy, aiming to improve students’ reading and mathematics skills in grades 1 to 4, as well as their English language proficiency. In partnership with MINEDUC, L3 works with pre-service and in-service facilitators to introduce proven reading and mathematics teaching strategies and with community volunteers to support struggling learners.
In the Philippines, EDC’s Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines) project makes a pledge to get more than 1 million young children reading. The results of this USAID-funded program are discussed in this story from the Philippine Inquirer.
In this blog post, EDC’s Gustavo Payan discusses the epidemic of violence affecting youth in Honduras, and how an EDC program is providing them the opportunity to earn an education and a living despite the challenges they face.
EDC will host a forum to discuss the problem of exploding violence in Latin America. The forum, “Seeking Solutions to Youth Violence in Latin America,” will take place Thursday, November 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at EDC’s Waltham office. The event is cosponsored by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.