The government of Mali is committed to improving the educational opportunities for all youth. But in northern Mali, many youth live in conflict-affected areas where basic education of any kind is severely limited.

EDC is increasing educational access for out-of-school children and youth in the Gao region of northern Mali through its implementation of Education Recovery Support Activity (ERSA). This project is providing essential educational services, while also promoting peace building and inclusiveness through the use of culturally appropriate lessons and activities.

Key Activities

The ERSA project is working to reintegrate more than 10,000 out-of-school children into the Malian education system through accelerated learning programs. To accomplish this goal, the project is doing the following:

  • Providing basic education, life, skills, and livelihood training for more than 2,800 older out-of-school youth
  • Building local capacity to deliver relevant educational programs to out-of-school children and youth
  • Facilitating inclusion, access, and participation of learners in educational, economic, social, and civic life

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United States Agency for International Development