NEWTON, MA | September 21, 2010
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), has been awarded $10 million over four years to offer basic education and technical training skills to at-risk youth in Honduras. The program, to be known as Honduras MIDEH, or Improving Impact of Student Performance, is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the EQUIP3 set of workforce development projects.
As part of the new program, EDC will provide up-to-date basic education and technical training skills to improve the preparation of youth entering the workforce. It will also offer assistance to Educatodos, an alternative basic and secondary education program for out-of-school children and youth. In 2000, EDC helped implement Educatodos, and it has since become an integral component of Honduras’ education system.
In addition to assisting Educatodos, EDC will establish private-sector alliances and provide youth with training opportunities to obtain career readiness certificates that will help them secure jobs in the local labor market.
“This new project addresses some of the most pressing education and livelihood challenges for young people in Honduras,” said EDC’s Erik Butler, who directs the EQUIP3 program and will coordinate the new work. “In partnership with USAID, the Government of Honduras, and other international and Honduran organizations, EDC is committed to making a difference in thousands of young lives.”
EDC manages a host of projects as part of the EQUIP3 portfolio, which are designed to improve earning, learning, and skill development opportunities for thousands of out-of-school youth in more than a dozen developing countries, including Haiti, Kenya, the Philippines, Somalia, Bangladesh, and Yemen. For more information, visit http://go.edc.org/equip123netedc.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that develops, delivers, and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. Visit www.edc.org. EQUIP3 is designed to engage and prepare out-of-school youth for their roles within the world of work, civil society, and family life. Funded by USAID, it is implemented by EDC and a consortium of organizations with diverse areas of expertise.