Powerful learning experiences often happen outside of the school day. EDC builds, implements, and evaluates out-of-school and nonformal programs that deliver core civic, educational, and life skills to young people in diverse environments.
In the United States, EDC’s support for out-of-school time (OST) and nonformal learning leverages children’s and youth’s strengths to help them succeed at school, engage in their communities, and lead productive and healthy lives. We design, evaluate, and provide technical assistance on high-quality OST programs that prepare young people for success—whether pursuing social and academic enrichment after school or leaving school and starting a first job.
Internationally, EDC develops and implements programs that support educational and economic opportunities for out-of-school youth. Working within the unique context of each country, we partner with governments, industry, and nongovernmental organizations to provide young people with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities they need to be market-ready and contribute to society.
EDC Talks: How Do You Develop High-Quality Out-of-School-Time Programs?
Children can learn a lot from programs that take place outside of school hours.
4 Ways to Strengthen Youth Programs in Conflict and Crisis Areas
Building youth programs in unstable regions can be challenging. Here are four ideas for practitioners.
A Success Story in Senegal
Meet Adama Diedhiou, a participant in EDC’s workforce development program in Senegal.
A Second Chance at School in Mali
In Mali, accelerated education is helping thousands of children get back to school.
3 Ways to Stop the Summer Slide
Want to help kids keep learning this summer? Here are some tips for parents and caregivers.
New Entrepreneurs Launched in Rwanda
EDC’s workforce development efforts in Rwanda are helping young people build the skills for work.
This toolkit links parents to a wide array of resources—including “fast facts,” fun family activities, and scholarship info—to prepare children and youth to thrive in our wired world and its workplaces.
This 2-page results document highlights the impact of India's dot-EDU T4 India program, which uses technology tools to improve learning gains among hard-to-reach populations.
This document highlights lessons learned in implementing the youth mapping development model internationally.
Interactive audio instruction (IAI) is a distance-learning technology that provides educational services, often to schools and school systems worldwide.
EDC conducted a research study in the Democratic Republic of Congo to test the effects of teacher knowledge and practice on student learning.
This paper explores how the Government of Mali, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Education Development Center, Inc., used innovative tools and methods (including georeferencing, mapping, and school/village surveys) to better understand the twin challenges posed by home-school distance and inefficient teacher distribution in rural communities and why Mali chose an old-school solution: one-room, multi-grade schools equipped with trained teachers and appropriate materials.
Honduran youths have the ability to generate strategies that can solve problems in the national context.
The USAID Huguka Dukore activity is a 5-year (December 9, 2016-December 8, 2021) youth employment program that will provide 40,000 out-of-school youth, including 34,000 new youth and 6,000 Akazi Kanoze alumni, with market-relevant employability skills and pathways to new or better employment.
EDC developed the Educator Assessment of Learners’ Soft Skills Ability (EALSA), a formative soft skills assessment, for use with secondary and tertiary students in East and West Africa.
Ruwwad is a Palestinian Youth Empowerment Project, implemented by EDC and funded by USAID.