Several decades of civil conflict in Liberia have left teachers with languishing reading and math skills and little opportunity for improvement. To update their skills and help create a more effective teacher corps, more than 1,000 teachers and facilitators in six counties will receive three days of refresher in-service training. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), will deliver the workshop as part of the Core Education Skills for Liberian Youth (CESLY) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded EDC $75 million for a five-year project to be known as D-RASATI (“my studies” in Arabic) that will include thousands of students and teachers in more than 1,300 public schools throughout Lebanon.
A panel discussion about youth and livelihood will be held at EDC’s Washington, D.C., office. Highlighted during the event will be the launch of the new website Preparing for Work: Resources for International Youth Livelihoods Education, which will feature effective curricula and tools to help prepare young people for work.
Before January 12, Charlèus Louristan, Widny Laurent, and Modline Occy were working toward a brighter future by studying carrelage (laying paving stones) as participants in EDC’s Haitian Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Project (IDEJEN).
Then the earthquake struck Haiti, changing their worlds forever. Despite what they endured that day, Louristan, Laurent, and Occy remained connected to IDEJEN, which turned from creating education programs and helping impoverished youth develop work skills to responding to the urgent needs of the community.
Yvette Uy Tan returned to her native Philippines to work on the Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills Project (EQuALLS2), a USAID-funded initiative in the southern island of Mindanao, home to a large Muslim population.
In the aftermath of the January 12th earthquake EDC’s Haitian Out-of-School Youth Livelihood Project (IDEJEN) is helping youths rebuild their futures.
Widny Laurent, 18, is sleeping with neighbors under a makeshift tent at Place Boyer in Pétionville, Port-au-Prince. And he has been since January 12 when the earth—and his life—underwent a shocking upheaval.