775 million children and youth in 35 conflict-affected countries are left behind in the global drive towards Education for All. The human, social, and economic costs are staggering, not least since these young people are at risk for recruitment into gangs and insurgent militias, and for girls, early forced marriages and sexual trafficking.
The global initiative Education Cannot Wait is based on the recognition that assuring education for these children and youth requires a shift in approaches to provide a path back into education for those excluded as a consequence of crisis and conflict. Read more »
USAID, with NORC at the University of Chicago, has produced an important new study, Accelerated Education Programs in Crisis and Conflict: Building Evidence and Learning. This thorough literature review provides insight into a critical global issue: As of 2013, almost 50 million primary- and lower- secondary-school-aged children have been deprived of an education through the impact of crisis and/or conflict.
Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs) provide a key strategy for children and youth to gain access to basic education that is otherwise denied to them. Read more »
USAID ECCN, in partnership with the Inter-Agency Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), hosted a webcast on June 9, offering a first preview of the AEWG’s Accelerated Education pocket guide, which features 10 key principles of Accelerated Education. Presenters covered the development, importance, and potential application of the Accelerated Education pocket guide and an overview of the 10 principles to guide development and implementation of Accelerated Education programming.
Please note that the pocket guide is a beta version and is being field tested. Read more »
Several hours of gunfire would keep us awake that night but the evening was for good food and insight from the Catholic fathers. We were a small (five Congolese, one English) team commissioned by USAID ECCN to spend November 2015 in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ‘gather, build, and consolidate evidence for the field’. We were looking at Alternative Education (AE), especially Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs); Read more »