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To support broad-based and inclusive growth, USAID works with partners to improve the quality of both basic and higher education across the country. USAID invests in the next generation’s ability to sustain growth by improving early-grade reading skills, strengthening education governance at the community, helping universities align research and curricula with industry demands, and strengthening the science, technology and innovation ecosystem.

In support of its goal of fostering peace and stability, USAID is also active in providing education, economic and leadership opportunities to vulnerable out-of-school youth in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. USAID is strengthening the capacity of stakeholders such as local governments, civil society, and the private sector to deliver education and training so that youth may return to school, join the workforce, or start their own business. Leadership and civic engagement training also builds social connections and trust to make youth more resilient in the face of recruitment of violent extremist groups.

In addition, USAID involves youth in governance processes, civil society strengthening, community participation and programs that counter radicalization and violent extremism. USAID identifies and supports next-generation leaders who will demand accountability from government leaders and become empowered members of their communities. USAID supports peace-building in Mindanao through learning camps and youth exchanges.

PROJECTS

Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE)

Poor education governance constraints effective delivery of basic education services. EdGE addresses this by building the capacity of stakeholders to advocate for local level policy reforms in education. Since its inception, more than 9,000 school administrators and local government officials from 91 cities and municipalities nationwide have been trained on fiscal management and utilization of local education funds. Local education reform champions have also been mobilized through membership in Local School Boards and School Governing Councils. EdGE is also part of the “Marawi Women’s Voices for Peace” program, which addresses distinct, urgent needs of displaced women and girls by securing their rights and inclusion and will implement measures to bring displaced girls back to school in host-communities.

Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev)

More than three million children and youth in Mindanao are not currently attending school. Those who leave school have limited opportunities due to their lack of education and skills, leaving them idle and unproductive, exposing them to undue influence of groups, such as those involved in violent extremism and transnational terrorism. MYDev addresses the needs of out-of-school youth in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao by providing these vulnerable, at-risk youth with opportunities to be productive and engaged citizens in their communities, and thus be more resilient against radicalization or recruitment by violent extremist groups. With USAID’s support, approximately 20,000 youths now have greater ability to productively engage with their communities, return to school or attain employment, and exercise positive leadership. MYDev will deploy additional resources to address the needs of youth in communities affected by the Marawi crisis. It has also developed a youth-focused resiliency and preventing violent extremism curriculum for Mindanao youth.

Padayon Mindanao 2.0

Padayon (Continue) Mindanao 2.0 is a three-year partnership with the U.S. Peace Corps- Philippines that supports peacebuilding in Mindanao. Padayon provides life skills training to youth; promotes community engagement and peace education; and increases the capacity of teachers and youth leaders to meet the education needs of youth and vulnerable populations through alternative learning in areas affected by crisis and conflict. The U.S. Peace Corps implements Padayon in coordination with Philippine Department of Education and Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE)

USAID launched STRIDE to strengthen the Philippines’ capacity for innovation-led, inclusive economic growth. The project focuses on disciplines that contribute to high-growth sectors, including electronics, chemical industries, alternative energy, agribusiness and information technology, with cross-cutting themes of manufacturing and new product development. STRIDE is creating a dynamic network of researchers in universities and industry who continuously innovate; entrepreneurs and investors who turn discoveries into products and companies; and a government supportive of initiatives that enable these partnerships to flourish.. Since 2013, STRIDE has established working partnerships with over 200 industry partners, 110 Philippine academic institutions, and 25 U.S. universities It has awarded 68 research grants valued at over $5 million, 57 scholarships to Filipinos to study in U.S. universities; provided advanced technical training to scientists and researchers; brought in 34 U.S. visiting professors; and established knowledge and technology transfer offices and career centers in 40 universities in the Philippines.

YouthWorks PH

With over 50 percent of its population under 30 years of age, the Philippine “youth bulge" is both a tremendous challenge and a great opportunity. However, despite the rapid gains in the Philippine economy, one in four young people aged 15-24 are not in education, employment or training, with youth accounting for almost half of the unemployed, and more than a third of the country's unemployed youth having at least some level of college education. This indicates a major mismatch between education and job opportunities. YouthWorks PH is a five-year partnership between USAID and the Philippine Business for Education that engages and mobilizes the private sector to address the education needs of youth, as well as the skill requirements of employers. This partnership will improve access to training and employment opportunities for at least 40,000 youth through an innovative work-based training approach. This approach allows youth to earn a competency certificate from a university or training institute, while working in partner companies.

Last updated: November 16, 2018

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