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USAID’s programs in education likewise address the constraint of human capacity. To strengthen human capital formation, USAID works with partners to improve the quality of both basic and higher education services across the country. USAID invests in the next generation’s ability to sustain growth by improving early-grade reading skills, helping universities align curricula with industry demands and improving the science, technology and innovation ecosystem to increase competitiveness of universities and industry.

In support of its goal of fostering peace and stability, USAID is also active in developing workforce readiness, literacy and livelihood skills for vulnerable out-of-school youth in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. USAID is strengthening local government and service providers to improve access to education and training. Training and internship programs prepare youth to engage in enterprise and business development, address the knowledge gaps left by incomplete schooling, build social connections and develop life skills.

In addition, USAID supports peace-building in Mindanao through learning camps and youth exchanges. USAID also 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.

PROJECTS

Basa Pilipinas (Read, Philippines)

Limited access to quality education can result in poor learning outcomes for early-grade students, particularly in literacy. Basa Pilipinas strengthens reading instruction for teachers, provides quality reading materials and builds the capacity of the Department of Education to effectively carry out its curriculum reforms in language and literacy. Since 2013, more than 19,000 teachers have been trained on effective reading instruction, while over 8.1 million instructional and reading materials have been distributed in participating schools, contributing to the development of more than 1.6 million new readers in the Philippines.

Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE)

Poor education governance constrains 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 6,000 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.

Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev)

The incidence of out-of-school youth in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is 24 percent--more than twice the national average. 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 key constraints to peace and stability in select conflict-affected areas in Mindanao by assisting the government of the Philippines to improve the basic education competencies, life skills and employability of over 19,000 vulnerable out-of-school youth. To date, MYDev strengthened the life skills of over 15,000 youth, enabling them to participate in more than 705 community service projects. Through MYDev’s training programs, 11,498 out-of-school youth have earned nationally recognized vocational credentials, improving their employment options.

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. As of April 2017, STRIDE has awarded approximately $5 million in collaborative science, technology and innovation research grants to more than 20 universities around the country. It has awarded 46 scholarships to Filipinos to study in U.S. universities; provided advanced technical training to scientists and researchers; brought in 30 U.S. visiting professors; and is establishing knowledge and technology transfer offices in 36 universities in the Philippines.

Last updated: November 27, 2017

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