Working toward a quality education for all.

USAID’s Inclusive Education Work for Children with Disabilities

Drew McDonagh - Hess Fellow, 
USAID’s Inclusive Education Work for Children with Disabilities

A webinar hosted by USAID and The Global Reading Network on June 7, 2017 explained important work being done on inclusive education for children with disabilities in developing countries. It discussed USAID's disability and non-discrimination policies and the "All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development" program, which funds projects that use technology and science to improve literacy skills in early grade learners in developing countries . 

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Take Action Today to Protect Global Education!

Drew McDonagh - Hess Fellow, 
Take Action Today to Protect Global Education!

The Trump-DeVos proposed budget would lead to significant cuts in the International Affairs Budget and global education funding. These cuts would regress the work the United States has done to promote global education and assist those who need our support the most, including: girls, those with disabilities, people in crisis-ridden regions, and the impoverished.

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Two Years Later: Model Classrooms in Rural Nepal

Lisa Lyons, 
Two Years Later: Model Classrooms in Rural Nepal

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 and subsequent 7.2-magnitude “aftershock” on May 12th destroyed or badly damaged every building in Educate the Children’s project area. Over the following years, ETC designed and constructed two-classroom buildings at some of the 29 schools with which we had already been working before the earthquakes so that children can get back to achieving a successful and safe education in Nepal.

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From Teacher Training to Teacher Investment

Sarah Bever, 
From Teacher Training to Teacher Investment

The truth is that a highly qualified teacher in a positive school culture can support students to leapfrog grade levels and provide relational and social support. These teachers are invaluable and must be invested in, so that they will continue to grow and will themselves invest in thousands of children throughout their careers.

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Building Schools to Combat Illiteracy Among Youths and Adults

Brett Selzak, 
Building Schools to Combat Illiteracy Among Youths and Adults

buildOn is a nonprofit with a mission to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education by building schools in seven of the economically poorest countries in the world. Schools are constructed in true partnership with local communities and in villages that historically haven’t had an adequate school structure. Community members pledge to send girls to the new school in equal numbers to boys, and local men and women are given equal leadership opportunities in project management and construction. buildOn has altered the lives of hundreds of people, including children like Elizabeth.

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Education: the Great Social Equalizer

Jennifer Rigg, Executive Director, GCE-US, 

Especially on this day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement, it is vital to recognize that unequal access to quality education violates children’s rights and affects all of our futures. Dr. King said, “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.” This is the day to rededicate ourselves to the cause of education and equality, and to do everything we can to level the playing field for children throughout the world.

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Bidil’s mission to ensure all children in his Ethiopian village have the chance to learn

by Alastair Stewart, 

Bidil Abdulahi has experienced joy and heartbreak in his attempt to send his children to school.

Every day, Bidil Abdulahi would farewell his oldest son, sent off on a one hour walk to the nearest school. “It was a long walk for a child,” he says, “but I didn’t want my child to be as illiterate as I am.”

The decision paid off, with his son Yunus now in college.

Bidil’s daughter was not as fortunate.

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