USAID programs aim at improving the quality of instruction in primary and upper-primary schools and promoting out-of-school youth employment. Education programs are currently suspended due to U.S. Government legal and policy restrictions following the March 22, 2012, coup d’état. However, following peaceful democratic elections and the inauguration of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on September 4, 2013, USAID began working with the Government of Mali to resume foreign assistance more broadly, including education and governance programs, while also adapting continued activities to the new government's priorities.
USAID's long-term investments in education have achieved important results:
- Male and female teachers from 2,500 schools were trained in making the transition to a new, mother-tongue curriculum, developed in partnership between USAID and the Government of Mali. They were provided with relevant, easy-to-understand materials that promote gender-friendly, skills-based learning in the classroom.
- The accountability of school management was strengthened by supporting 600 parent-teacher associations and nine local NGOs, ensuring that books, desks, and learning supplies reached their intended teachers and students, while increasing parental involvement in their children’s education.
- USAID’s Youth Project reached 3,993 out-of-school, unemployed youth from both sexes (male: 1,766; female: 2,227), providing academic and vocational training. The proportion of illiterate youth tested participating in USAID’s Youth Project dropped from 79% (male: 85%; female: 71%) at baseline to 48% (male: 59%; female: 36%) at midline, while the proportion of semi-literate youth rose from 21% (male: 15%; female: 29%) to 52% (male: 41%; female: 64%) in that same timeframe.
Last updated: April 18, 2014