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.
EDC’s South Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction is providing learning opportunities and civic education to students and others who do not have the opportunity to receive an education in the world’s newest nation.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $22 million over five years to assist the Ministry of Education in Rwanda in creating new national standards for literacy and numeracy. EDC will implement the Literacy, Language, and Learning Initiative, to be known as L3, which also aims to improve education in grades 1 to 4.
In this 3-minute video, EDC President and CEO Luther Luedtke talks about education as a linchpin of international development. This video is the first in a series on EDC, our work, and the transformative power of learning.
EDC’s Norma Evans discusses her literacy and development work in Africa. “For children in resource-poor countries, literacy is social and economic capital. It allows them to participate more fully in society and to access better jobs.”
Jennifer Ho will discuss EDC’s work in Indonesia at a June 17 congressional briefing titled Education in the Islamic World, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and hosted by the Basic Education Coalition, of which EDC is a member.