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- In FY 2011, USAID basic education programs supported nearly 62 million students enrolled in primary schools or equivalent settings. We trained more than 600,000 teachers and educators, helping to improve the quality of education and instruction. Our programs also trained more than 51,000 school administrators and officials, supported more than 15,000 school governance structures, provided nearly 26 million textbooks and other teaching and learning materials, and built or refurbished nearly 4,000 classrooms.
- Since 2011, USAID has designed or begun implementation of new reading programs in 33 countries. In Egypt and Ethiopia, the governments have already taken the programs to national scale. Early results from countries have been impressive. Second graders in Malawi receiving new reading interventions had reading comprehension levels four times higher than those in control groups.
- Since 1997, USAID has supported more than 430 partnerships between institutions of higher education in the United States and 77 developing countries. These partnerships support education programs and research aimed at country-specific development challenges. Partnerships have led to improvements in professional and institutional capacity-building, and applied teaching, research, technology for the growing private and public sectors in society.
- The All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Development, a global competition for innovative solutions to advance reading and literacy supported by USAID, AusAid and World Vision awarded grants to 32 innovators in September 2012. Thirty-one percent of these innovators had never received USAID funding before. The awards are designed to foster innovations on four continents. They will finance efforts to develop new learning materials and methods, improve the collection and analysis of education data, and use mobile phones and tablets to improve literacy.
USAID Strategy and Program Focus
USAID’s Education Strategy focuses our education programs on the achievement of three key goals by 2015:
- Goal One: Improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades
- Goal Two: Improved ability of tertiary and workforce development programs to generate workforce skills relevant to a country’s development goals
- Goal Three: Increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million students
Promoting gender equality in education is also a priority in all three goal areas. USAID aims to support education programs and interventions that foster innovation, are cost-effective, provide impact on a national scale, and are institutionally sustainable. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that programs fit with host country priorities, are based on the best available evidence, are scalable, link activities and budgets to goals and targets, and include rigorous plans for monitoring and evaluation.
Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3)’s Role
E3’s Office of Education (E3/ED) provides technical expertise and guidance to overseas and Washington-based USAID offices on the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of USAID policy, planning, and programs in the areas of basic education, youth workforce development and higher education. The Office also provides field support and technical expertise and guidance on the design, organization, management, and use of short- and long-term training, and administers and maintains TraiNet and the Visa Compliance System to track and monitor USAID-financed participants and exchange visitors. The Office monitors U.S. support for and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for education. It assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the USAID Education Strategy and resource allocation priorities. It also advises Agency leadership on technical developments that could have an impact on Agency performance in designing and delivering cost-effective education programs. It provides the relevant technical content and teaching staff for training programs designed and implemented by the Bureau, and oversees the recruitment, selection, and training of new Education Foreign Service Officers.
- E3/ED represents the United States on the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a multilateral partnership aimed at getting all children into school for a quality education. E3/ED is also on the GPE’s Financial Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations on funding for country education plans and serves as co-chair of a working group that is developing indicators to monitor progress against GPE’s strategic framework. E3 collaborated with GPE, AusAID, DFID, and other partners in 2012 to support All Children Reading Regional Workshops in Africa and Asia aimed at helping countries develop reading action plans.
- To accelerate progress towards literacy at the global level, E3 is partnered with World Vision and AusAID to support All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development. E3 is also partnered with several international donors and private sector companies under the Mobiles for Education Alliance, which is committed to reducing the barriers to access appropriate, scalable and low-cost mobile technologies to help improve learning outcomes.
- E3 holds a seat on the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Steering Committee and plays a major role in the priorities and direction of the INEE to advance equitable access to education in countries affected by crisis and conflict.
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Last updated: March 08, 2013