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4Rs for Teachers Lead to Student Gains

The DRC faces severe challenges in educating young children. Access to schooling is limited; the primary school enrollment rate is only about 60 percent. Nearly 20 percent drop out in their first year. Also, nearly a third of government teachers go unpaid, contributing to a high rate of teacher absenteeism and children sitting idle in the classroom.

Investing in the Future
Work skills training helps youth in Rwanda and Macedonia

Matching young people with meaningful jobs and livelihood opportunities stands as one of the great challenges of the next two decades. An estimated 1 billion people alive today are between the ages of 15 and 24, and many of them live in countries where the formal economic sector is weak or developing.

Jill Biden Visits EDC Zambia

Students and educators in a school improvement project run by EDC in Lusaka, Zambia, met today with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, during their visit to the region. The project, known as Time to Learn, is USAID/Zambia’s flagship program for improving education in community schools.

USAID Visits EDC Project in Mali

Staff from EDC’s PAJE-Nièta project hosted visitors from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) this week in the village of Toumoumba in Kita, Mali. Vanita Datta (USAID Counterterrorism Advisor) and Dana Alzouma (USAID Country Development Officer-Office of West African Affairs) traveled to Mali to see firsthand how development funding is directly assisting beneficiaries in the region.

“Work Well Done”
EDC’s Akazi Kanoze project is building skills and futures in Rwanda

Marita Mukaniyongira and Diane Niyonkuru have dreams of cutting and styling hair in their own salon someday. But for now, they are content to raise money by working in a less glamorous business—pig farming.

“The kits for starting a salon are very expensive, so we decided to see what else we could do to generate additional income,” says Mukaniyongira. “This led us to pig farming because it is a profitable business, and the production is very fast.”

“We plan to use the profit from the pig farm to support our salon,” adds Niyonkuru.