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USAID in the News

It was a lively week for USAID in the media as several prominent outlets featured our work in different regions of the world, showcasing the great variety of ways in which which the Agency helps bring hope to people around the globe. National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” featured a piece on efforts to assist in building up the civil […]

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Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) Plus: Liberia

Submitted by Justin Prud’homme In 2008, at the start of the Early Grade Reading Assessment program, a study was conducted in Liberia to assess the reading fluency of students in grades 2 and 3. The study was conducted in 47 randomly chosen schools throughout the country. What the study showed was that Liberian students in […]

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Zimbabwe’s Students Get the Tools to Learn

Zimbabwe’s primary school students will soon be able to get a better education, thanks to an influx of new materials and support provided in part by USAID. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai launched the program on September 8. Zimbabwe’s 5,300 primary schools will receive over 13 million new textbooks, dramatically improving the current situation of one […]

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The Reading Crisis among the World’s Poorest Schoolchildren

Crossposted from The Brookings Institution. Written by: David Barth, Director of the Office of Education for the United States Agency for International Development, and Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution Editor’s note: On September 8, the Brookings Institution and International Reading Association co-sponsored an event entitled, “Early Reading: […]

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Higher Engineering Education Program Announced

Submitted by Richard Nyberg – USAID/Vietnam The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has joined forces with American universities and the private sector in efforts to enhance the quality of engineering education at Vietnam’s top technical universities. In collaboration with the Government of Vietnam, USAID is working with Arizona State University, Portland State University, and Intel […]

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The Importance of Mobile Literacy Programs

Anthony Bloome, Education Technology Specialist, for USAID’s Office of Education interviews Sara Chamberlain, Director of Interactive for BBC World Service Trust, and Matthew Kam, Director of Carnegie Mellon’s MILLEE Project about using mobile phones for literacy. This blog follows a USAID-organized International Literacy Day, September 8th, “virtual” conference with Sara and Matt on Using Mobile […]

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Water Education for African Youth

John Etgen, Senior Vice President of the Project WET Foundation, wrote a great piece this week for Johns Hopkins University’s Global Water Magazine on the booming youth population and the benefits of educating students about water. Here’s a bit of what he had to say… In the 16 African countries where the Project WET Foundation […]

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Improving Access to Education for Girls in Sudan

Submitted by Angela Stephens, USAID/LPA Following more than two decades of civil war, Southern Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world.  The areas in Sudan’s north-south border zone also suffered greatly during the war, including Blue Nile state, bordering Ethiopia.  Girls have been disproportionately affected, with lower rates of literacy and […]

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Administrator Shah and Secretary Duncan on International Literacy Day

Check out USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussing education on International Literacy Day. Visit our Education page for more information and updates on USAID’s literacy and education programs around the world.

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Celebrating Literacy in Liberia

Submitted by Justin Prudhomme – USAID/Liberia How do you celebrate International Literacy Day in a country where half the population cannot read and literacy is often viewed with suspicion? This was what the staff of USAID’s mission in Liberia wrestled with as we prepared to acknowledge International Literacy Day on September 8th. During the civil […]

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