As part of his Middle East trip, President Barack Obama is set to meet with students at the Al-Bireh Youth Resource Development Center in Ramallah, one of several youth centers built and programmed by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), between 2008 and 2012, and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Living: Skills for Life, Botswana’s Window of Hope are five sets of materials designed to help teachers and learners facilitate life skills education in the classroom. They were developed in collaboration with local teachers, who provided the context of the challenges associated with HIV and AIDS in Botswana with input from various local stakeholders. The result is sets of life skills materials that are interactive, locally-based, gender-balanced, culturally-sensitive and differentiated for the different levels of learners. Each set has a Teacher’s Guide and Learner Worksheets.
The Botswana Living Life Skills Project is a five-year program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It works with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MOESD) to build teacher capacity in primary and secondary schools to implement effective, comprehensive life skills programs. Together with MOESD, EDC developed the Living: Skills for Life, Botswana’s Window of Hope curriculum materials, including learner worksheets and teacher guides for standards 1 through 5.
Many of us youth development practitioners have been eagerly anticipating the release of USAID’s youth policy with the hope that it will increase awareness of the importance of youth issues to development. I know from EDC’s work around the world how integral youth are to economic, social and political development.
As 3,037 trainees graduated yesterday from the Akazi Kanoze program, Rwandan youth have been asked to keep in mind that they are the pillar on which the country's self-sustainability dream will be built.
The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, advised the graduates (1,522 boys and 1,515 girls) that they must exploit the skills they learned from Akazi Kanoze trainings as much as possible.
Akazi Kanoze, a youth livelihood program by Education Development Center (EDC), provides Rwandan youth with vital tools and resources to enter into a positive development pathway that will lead to increased opportunities.
At the national stadium in Remera yesterday, over 3,000 youth were awarded certificates after completing training in various vocational skills under the Akazi Kanoze program. The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, noted at the graduation that this initiative will help youth empower not only themselves but the entire nation.
The Department of Education has partnered with Petron Corp. and the US Agency for International Development-Education Development Center to launch a literacy drive in conflict areas in Mindanao. The goals of this partnership are to promote reading in public schools and to ensure the professional development of public school teachers who teach beginning reading.
Marcial Salvatierra, Chief of Party in the Philippines at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), presented at the recent Literacy Policy Dialogue conducted by the Department of Education. He presented on EDC's initiatives in Mindanao as well as on the Whole School Reading Program, part of the USAID-funded EQuALLS2 (Education Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills) project.