The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent agency that directs the U.S. federal government's humanitarian assistance program in many sectors, extends aid to countries that are recovering from disaster, works to reduce poverty, and engages in democratic reforms. The Assistance to Basic Education (ABE/BE) initiative is an IQC (Indefinite Quantity Contract) designed to support USAID country offices worldwide by offering them the means to rapidly access high-quality and cost-effective technical expertise and implementation support for their basic education interventions. EDC is joined by two partners, the Academy for Educational Development and RTI International plus a cadre of resource institutions consisting of Aurora Associates International, Inc., Amideast, L.T. Associates, Inc., Mississippi Consortium for International Development and MSI (Management Systems International). Through the ABE/BE agreement, EDC and its partners are eligible to provide technical assistance and services with a cumulative value up to $1 billion to support USAID's basic education Strategic Objectives over five years.
The dot-EDU Leader-with-Associates Award helped developing countries strengthen learning systems by improving quality and expanding access through carefully planned applications of digital and broadcast technologies. Several Associate Awards continue with that mission, which has two foci. First, dot-EDU was designed to provide training and technical assistance to support USAID Missions in developing countries to implement technology-assisted interventions. Second, dot-EDU was created to conduct pilot projects and prepare knowledge products using available core resources. Activities result in improved understanding, strategic planning, and implementation of technology-assisted educational applications. Twenty-four Associate Awards have been or are being implemented under the dot-EDU mechanism throughout the world. To review the results of many dot-EDU projects, see this multimedia presentation.
EQUIP1 - Educational Quality Improvement Program 1: Building Educational Quality through Classrooms, Schools, and Communities
EQUIP1: Building Educational Quality through Classrooms, Schools, and Communities is a multi-faceted program designed to raise the quality of classroom teaching and the level of student learning by effecting school-level changes.
This Leader-with-Associates award serves all levels of education, from early childhood development for school readiness, to primary and secondary education, adult basic education, pre-vocational training, and the provision of life skills. EDC participates in both the EQUIP1 Leader Award—as one of 15 partners—and in Associate Awards.
Activities range from teacher support in course content and instructional practices, to supervisor support for teacher performance, and community involvement for improving school management and infrastructure.
EQUIP2 - Educational Quality Improvement Program 2: Educational Policy, Systems Development, and Management
The Educational Quality Improvement Program 2 (EQUIP2): Educational Policy, Systems Development, and Management is a Leader-with-Associates Award that works to increase access to quality education on a systemic level, looking to create sustainable reforms on a national scale.
The goals of EQUIP2 are:
- To Formulate and implement education policy;
- To Establish and improve educational systems and build organizational capacity;
- To Strengthen management skills in the education system;
- To Expand and improve the collection of data and the use of information in education.
To reach these goals, EQUIP2 implements programs and projects that support various efforts to improve education, including Education for All (EFA) and the Fast Track Initiative (FTI), decentralization, community participation, complementary education, teacher training, learning outcomes measurement, education management information systems (EMIS), and school-to-work transitions. EDC participates in both the EQUIP2 Leader Award—as one of 15 partners—and in Associate Awards.
The Educational Quality Improvement Program 3 (EQUIP3) is a Leader-with-Associate Award that is designed to improve earning, learning, and skill development opportunities for out-of-school youth in developing countries. The program collaborates with local youth serving organizations, including nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, private businesses, and education agencies to engage out-of-school and disenfranchised youth in addressing the social service and economic development needs of their communities, while helping young people acquire the skills they need to create productive lives. For more information, visit the EQUIP3 website.