Office of Education

Students in a school in Mingun, Burma, a village just north of Mandalay.
"Education has a clear multiplier effect; with education comes increased health, economic growth and food security." Students in a school in Mingun, Burma, a village just north of Mandalay.
Margaret Koziol

E3’s Office of Education (E3/ED) leverages its expertise, partnerships, and global perspective to guide and influence the Education Sector, advancing the Agency’s development priorities. The office provides expertise and guidance to the field and USAID bureaus 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 monitors U.S. support for and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for education; assists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Agency policies, strategies, and resource allocation priorities; and advises Agency leadership on developments that could have an impact on Agency performance in designing and delivering cost-effective education programs. It also provides 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.

USAID Strategy and Program Focus

Since 2011, USAID’s Education Strategy has focused on the achievement of three key goals:

  • 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 learners

Our Education programs are designed to:

  • Improve reading skills in primary schools by strengthening reading instruction, materials, curricula and assessments, so that students can master reading skills in early grades.
  • Strengthen higher education and workforce development programs, so young people—especially disadvantaged youth and women—obtain meaningful employment and contribute to country economic growth.
  • Expand equitable access to education in regions witnessing crisis and conflict through the provision of safe, relevant educational opportunities that support continuity of learning for children and youth.

Promoting gender equality in education is also a priority in all three goal areas. USAID aims to support education programs and interventions that are evidence-based and results-focused. Let Girls Learn, a whole-of-government initiative, is ensuring access to a quality education, reducing educational barriers, and empowering girls to succeed. Since its launch, USAID has invested more than  $500 million on Let Girls Learn programs in 14 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. 


  • Since 2011, USAID has supported 155 basic education projects in 43 countries, directly benefiting more than 41.6 million children and youth (20.2 million females and 21.4 million males). USAID has also supported more than 86 projects aligned with the higher education and workforce development objectives of the USAID Education Strategy.
  • The annual reach of basic education programs aligned with the goals of the Education Strategy has grown from 7.6 million children and youth (3.8m female, 3.8m male) in 28 countries in 2011, to 25.7 million children and youth (12.4m female, 13.3m male) in 41 countries in 2015. 
  • USAID supports activities central to achieving the education goals of our partner countries, including: 
    • Improved pedagogy through training for an average of 450,000 teachers annually; 
    • Increased parental and community engagement through support for an average of 26,000 parent- teacher associations or community-based school governance structures annually; and 
    • The provision of 146 million essential teaching and learning materials over the course 2011 to 2015.
  • Since 2011, USAID has improved or established quality education in safe learning environments for a total of 11.8 million individual children and youth in crisis and conflict environments (5.6m female, 6.2m male). This number includes access to education for 2.4 million (1.1m female, 1.3m male) who were previously out-of-school. 
  • Since 2011, USAID has improved the quality and relevance of curricula for more than 161 higher education programs and sponsored an average of 3,000 individuals each year to participate in education, training or exchanges in the United States. Our workforce development programming has helped approximately 600,000young people (288,000 female, 312,000 male) gain new or better employment.
  • The All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development is a global grant and prize competition designed to spur technology-based innovations to advance early grade reading, primarily in developing countries. Since 2012, the initiative has awarded 44 grants and 3 prizes to organizations around the world for their work in local language material development, family and community engagement, and for support of learners with disabilities.

E3’s Partners

  • Global Partnership for Education (GPE): E3/ED represents the United States on the Board of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a multilateral partnership aimed at mobilizing global and national efforts to contribute to the achievement of equitable, quality education and learning for all, through inclusive partnership, a focus on effective and efficient education systems and increased financing. In FY 2015, the U.S.'s annual contribution to the GPE Fund was $45 million, with a planned FY 2016 contribution of $70 million.
  • Education Cannot Wait: The U.S. Government has pledged $20 million towards Education Cannot Wait, a global platform and pooled fund for education in emergencies designed to play a role in financing education for the most vulnerable crisis-affected children and youth, with particular consideration to displaced and refugee children and their host communities. It aims to reach 75 million children and youth whose education has been disrupted because of crises by 2030.
  • Global Book Alliance: USAID is partnering with the Governments of Norway and the United Kingdom, UNICEF, Save the Children, GPE and others on an initiative to transform the development, procurement and distribution of books and reading materials for early grades.
  • All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development: USAID is partnering with World Vision and the Australian Government to support All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development to identify and accelerate innovative solutions to improve early grade reading. The Mobiles for Education Alliance, works with a broad array of partners to find appropriate, scalable and low-cost technologies to help improve learning outcomes. 

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Last updated: March 10, 2017

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