USAID/Philippines’ Education Governance Effectiveness (EdGE) is a five-year (2013-2018) project which seeks to improve education governance through decentralization, with the end goal of improving learning outcomes, particularly early grade reading for at least one million children.
Awarded in May 2013, EdGE is implemented in at least 50 local government units nationwide, co-locating with selected project sites of USAID’s flagship reading project, Basa Pilipinas (Read Philippines).
EdGE connects school improvement plans (SIPs) to the local school board and barangay budgets through municipal/city education plans that outline the accountability of each governance structure in improving student achievement, especially early grade reading outcomes.
EdGE also ensures a demand-driven and needs-based Special Education Fund (SEF) budget that finances programs to improve academic performance in public schools. The budget and processes through which procurement of goods and services is made, including the hiring process for teachers whose salaries are paid by the LSBs will be transparent and will promote accountability. Local chief executives will be organized into a Regional Education Council (REC) which will enable them to share best practices, support and mentor one another.
To improve education governance through decentralization, with the end goal of improving learning outcomes, particularly early grade reading for at least one million children.
- Strengthen capacities of the Department of Education, local government units, local school boards, and school governing councils;
- Improve transparency and accountability in education governance at the local level; and
- Increase community engagement to support improved learning outcomes through parents-teachers associations, civil society, and private sector groups.
The EdGE Community is constantly growing. To date, EdGE is being implemented in 81 municipalities and cities across the Philippines.
Last updated: September 21, 2015