The USAID Teacher Education Project in Pakistan, implemented by EDC, awarded scholarships to 115 future educators. The scholarship program is just one part of the $75 million USAID Teacher Education Project designed to educate current and future teachers throughout Pakistan.
As part of his Middle East trip, President Barack Obama met with students at the Al-Bireh Youth Resource Development Center in Ramallah, one of several youth centers run and programmed by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), between 2008 and 2012, and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected EDC to lead a new four-year effort in the Philippines to improve reading skills in the early grades. The Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines) project will seek to improve the reading skills of 1 million children in Filipino, English, and selected mother tongues by 2015.
A group of Pakistani educators taking part in the EDC-led USAID Teacher Education Project visited classrooms in Fairfax, Virginia to observe U.S. teaching methods. The educators are asked about the young Pakistani activist, Malala, and EDC’s Rana Hussain and Nadya Karim-Shaw are interviewed.
EDC is helping implement D-RASATI (“my studies” in Arabic), a comprehensive school improvement program in Lebanon, that impacts every public school, 276,000 students, and hundreds of teachers in the country.
In Pakistan, 147 students enrolled in the recently introduced two-year Associate Degree in Education and four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education programs received scholarships as part of the $75 million USAID Teacher Education Project implemented by EDC.
EDC is implementing a five-year, $75 million project to improve teacher training in Pakistan. The goal of the USAID Teacher Education Project, which drew Pakistani educators to the United States for a two-week study tour, is to update and upgrade primary education across 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.
“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.
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.
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.