The desire to learn is powerful—even in regions devastated by war, corruption, poverty, instability, lack of resources, and natural disaster. Cornelia Janke talks about the critical role of education in rebuilding fragile environments around the world.
EDC officially launched the USAID-supported Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) training project for trainers in Guyana. Project leaders say the course will last two weeks, and will look at critical issues pertaining to linking youth opportunities in the country.
Three youths who participated in an EDC project in India were recently honored by the Cable News Network-Indian Broadcasting Network (CNN-IBN 7) for turning an abandoned school into a thriving learning center.
A free electronic tool that quickly and accurately measures the reading progress of young children is now available for use by teachers in the developing world. An adaptation of USAID’s paper-based Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), eEGRA was created by EDC and runs in Microsoft’s Excel spreadsheet software.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected EDC to help improve educational opportunities in Zambia by working with the Ministry of Education to institutionalize support for community schools throughout the country. The five-year, $30 million Orphaned and Vulnerable Children – Education Support Initiative (OVC-ESI) will enhance learning opportunities, increase school effectiveness, and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on children’s education in Zambia. The initiative will also contribute to the ministry’s efforts to meet national goals and also the 2015 Education for All and Millennium Development Goals.
The Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project in seeks to strengthen youth’s access to justice and equip youth with market-driven skills and attitudes to improve their ability to transition to the workforce. SKYE will target a total of approximately 600 youth beneficiaries who do not have the necessary education, skills and behaviors for integration into the workforce; many will be school dropouts and/or involved in the juvenile justice system.
PAJE-Nièta (Projet d’Appui aux Jeunes Entrepreneurs or Support to Youth Entrepreneurs Project) is a five-year youth development initiative The project works to provide 10,000 rural, out-of-school youth with improved basic education, work readiness and technical training, social and leadership development, and accompaniment towards livelihood activities. Nièta means “progress” in Bambara, a Malian language.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has asked EDC to help expand education, skill-building, and employment for at-risk youth in the South American nation of Guyana, with the goal of reducing youth crime and violence by strengthening economic participation and civic engagement.
“It’s really hard when you don’t have an education, and there are no job opportunities. So when I started with this training, I realized I could earn money.” For Norally Serra of Labuan, a small fishing village in Zamboanga City, Philippines, an EDC-managed training helped her to help her family.
“I can really see big, big changes because of this Whole School Reading Program.” So says Luvelia St. Bernardo, principal of the Cawit Elementary School in Zamboanga City, Philippines. The key to the EDC-operated program, which has shown powerful results in improving reading, is getting the whole school involved.
Rommel Bonifacio, the oldest child in his family, knew his family needed more money to get by. “I said to myself, ‘I’ll take a shot.’” He enrolled in an EDC training program in his village and got a job. “After I joined this program, I developed self-determination,” he says.
Ruthatana Patrick used the skills he learned in an EDC youth livelihoods program to form a business cooperative that specializes in silkworm, fish, and rabbit farming. Now he’s the president of the co-op, but his dreams are even bigger: “My goal is to place myself among the most upstanding citizens of the country.”
“I have never seen students in such a hurry for the sun to rise so they can go to school,” says Broulaye Sangar of the young participants of an EDC program working to improve schools in Yanfolila, Mali. The community is thrilled with the results of the program: Students are reading better, more girls are attending school, and there are fewer absences.
EDC will cohost a symposium on education in international development, sharing the lessons learned from a decade of working with youth as part of the portfolio of USAID-funded programs known as EQUIP. The symposium, “Informing the Future: Ten Years of Experience in Global Education in Development,” will be held Tuesday, November 8, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.