With 50 percent of students in Malawi dropping out of school
by fifth grade, the Malawian government decided to try a new
approach: it introduced an innovative national curriculum, which
today is rapidly gaining in popularity among teachers and
Before war ground business to a halt in the mid-1990s, Bosnia had been a vibrant center of engineering in Eastern Europe. Today, as the region rebuilds after years of conflict, unemployment rates top 50 percent, and the industrial sector is struggling to be competitive again on the world market.
“Bosnia has an emerging economy with huge opportunities,” says EDC’s Janice Brodman. “But most companies are working with outdated skills and tools.”
In the last decade, the number of American Indian and Native Alaskan children has doubled, with 34 percent of the total population now under the age of 18. This boom brings hope as well as challenges to tribal communities, where rates of youth delinquency, dropout, alcoholism, and violence are among the highest in the United States.
At a community center in Bangkok, small-business owners are logging on to the Internet for the first time, using Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheets, and other business software. These local entrepreneurs—including fruit sellers, garment makers, and artisans—are learning their technology skills courtesy of the multinational computer firm Hewlett Packard (HP).
More than 200 educational leaders from across the country gathered in Boston last September for a three-day conference focused on a particularly promising school improvement strategy. The “Instructional Coaching Conference,” organized by EDC’s Center for Leadership and Learning Communities (CLLC), featured success stories from several large urban districts across the country that have hired full-time coaches to provide ongoing professional development to teachers.
Two EDC projects are working with the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) in Macedonia to use
information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve
education and business. The e-BIZ and e-Schools projects, both
conducted under USAID’s DOT-COM Alliance, are part of
Macedonia’s efforts to boost economic growth and rebuild
communities in the wake of the region’s recent upheavals.
EDC is part of a team that
developed a regional
framework that will allow
education officers, teacher
educators, and teachers to review, develop, and strengthen
national Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curricula
and curriculum guides throughout the Caribbean.
Some researchers approach schools with a certain level of arrogance: ‘We know what’s right, and we think we’ll make your lives better if only you’ll let us.’ It’s well intentioned but it’s very misguided. We have a different mindset at EDC; we hold firm to the notion that our collaborations need to be done in partnership and that our work is not about importing knowledge into a district.