During a visit facilitated by EDC’s Ruwwad Youth Empowerment Program, a student delegation from American University in Washington D.C. traveled to the city of Ramallah, meeting with Palestinian young people for a day of community service.
In the poverty-stricken West Bank, Palestinian university students have raised more than $43,000 toward developing children’s cancer treatment facilities. Called Smile of Hope, this fundraising initiative is sponsored by Ruwwad, an EDC program that trained the youths in leadership skills.
Using radio to widen the path to educational opportunity in the world’s fragile states was the subject of EDC presentations at The Ninth Working Group meeting on Education for All at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, November 12-14.
Most Somali children have known nothing but war. Said Yasin, who develops educational programs in this African nation, is continually amazed and inspired by students’ unquenchable desire to learn—even under dire circumstances. On a recent visit to the United States, Yasin reflected on the radio-based instruction program that reaches 250,000 children and more than 7,000 teachers.
With support from EDC, an initiative called the Social Legacy Program is working with Armenian Disability People Organizations to develop a national coalition. Coalition members will identify one or more challenges and then will develop activities to address those challenges.
Like many technology-focused educators, EDC’s Bob Spielvogel concentrates on applying technology to improving the quality of learning and teaching, expanding online educational content, and providing access to education in the world’s remote areas.
A first-of-its-kind network in the Caribbean is uniting HIV and AIDS coordinators to use education to prevent HIV and AIDS, teach the public about how HIV is transmitted, and empower schools to be inclusive learning and working environments.
TEACH-VIP E-Learning presents a comprehensive list of topics to online learners, including injury prevention, measuring injuries and violence, and policy development and advocacy, as well as problem-specific content and self-assessments.
EDC program staff will develop systems for teacher management and professional development as well as create a rich variety of classroom resources, including Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) programs for Malian children in all grades.
EDC has been awarded a $30 million contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development to direct a broad education reform effort in Mali, reaching 80 percent of primary schools and over 1.5 million children over the next five years.
Armed conflict in Somalia has forced people to flee their homes and has sent many into makeshift housing and camps. Using shortwave radio to reach these people, EDC produces and broadcasts instructional segments on basic reading, math, and life skills such as health and conflict prevention.
In Ghana, many parents choose Islamic schools to ensure that their children receive a religious as well as academic education. However, many of these schools lag behind their counterparts in the secular system.
Schools are both educational environments and workplaces that employ thousands of people in the Caribbean. Educational systems can play an important role in protecting the health of those who work within them and the students who learn and play there. Policies within the education sector and workplace in the Bahamas must therefore address the HIV and AIDS epidemic. A three day workshop in the Bahamas was planned and conducted by EDC to develop a draft Education Sector Policy for HIV and AIDS.