The Education Development Centre, Inc. (EDC), an international NGO based in the US, will soon introduce mobile libraries to simplify easy access to text books in Rwanda. The five-year project will be implemented in collaboration with the Peace Corps, a US volunteer service organization, and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) at a cost of $20 million.
For two decades, Mali has enjoyed remarkable political stability characterized by four rounds of peaceful presidential and legislative elections and the proliferation of civil society organizations and private media outlets. In this sense, the country has been something of an anomaly in a sub-region where neighbors have been plagued by political repression and an absence of democratic freedoms.
Somali youth are learning from the USAID sponsored soap opera 'Dab iyo Dahab' that being good at math is not the same as knowing how to manage a household budget or run a business. In English, the title means 'Fire and Gold.'
EDC transforms learning using technology tailored to the context, from radio to Internet connectivity to mobile phones and SMS texts. EDC collaborates with its partners to ensure that its solutions support learning that is accessible, mobile, scalable, and effective.
Upon visiting two EDC projects and another project for Somalis, the United States Agency for International Development's Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa is "thrilled to see what USAID and the Somali people have achieved together".
Young women and men in Garowe, Somalia, are acquiring the skills to get jobs and "contribute to the well-being of the community". IRIN profiles one of EDC's many local partners in Shaqodoon, the Somalia Youth Livelihood Program.
When technology is paired with proven education methods to increase quality and the numbers of youth reached, amazing things can happen. Shaqodoon (Somali for ‘Job Seekers’), a project funded by USAID and implemented by Education Development Center, has developed three groundbreaking new products to reach youth using mobile phones.
Last summer, in Hargeisa, Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamed Abdullah, 22, received a life-changing note—by way of a text message. A local government internship was available, read the young man who’d never had a job. “I went straight to the nearest Internet café and applied for the internship,” recalls Abdullah.
The Shaqodoon program was created to provide Somali youth with greater access to training, internships, work and self-employment opportunities in order to productively engage youth and add to the stability and development of the region. Shaqodoon is Somali for "jobseekers".