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 Mindanao, a region wracked by decades of conflict, EDC offers basic education and workforce development training opportunities for youth who have dropped out of school, including small-engine mechanics, carpentry, weaving, baking, and electronics repair.
Rachel Christina is senior project director for the Egypt Education Reform Program. EDC’s role in the project focuses on the quality of teaching and learning within schools in seven Egyptian governorates.
EDC and its partners distributed nearly 50,000 free copies of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to classrooms in more than 700 elementary schools in the war-torn region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines.
EDC and its partners are distributing nearly 50,000 free copies of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to classrooms in more than 700 elementary schools in the war-torn region of Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines.
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.
As technology businesses are booming in Jordan, educators are striving to prepare schools and students to keep pace. In 2003, an education initiative was launched to upgrade technology skills and knowledge. EDC’s Daniel Light spent time in these classrooms evaluating the program.
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.
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.
Many Islamic schools in Ghana lag behind the formal education system. “They are resource-lean operations,” says EDC’s Helen Boyle. USAID Ghana and the Ghanaian government are drawing on Boyle’s expertise in Islamic education as they improve education across the country.