Children reading in Green School's library. Photo Credit: USAID/Kosovo
Earlier this year, the US Ambassador in Kosovo officially opened the Pristina “Green School”, built using recycled materials in an eco-friendly design with support from USAID.
USAID’s Basic Education Program worked to turn its bare classrooms into modern learning environments. To encourage reading among the students, the Basic Education Program procured child-friendly furnishings and books for the school’s library.
For Literacy Day, September 8th the program has arranged a special event entitled “Poetry Unplugged” in the new school library. 40 students from 6 different primary schools of Pristina will gather in the library for poetry reading by three well-known local poets. The readings will be followed by a discussion with the poets and then a poetry workshop with a young poet, during which the children will produce their own poems.
This photo was among the top vote-getters in the recent environment-themed photo contest sponsored by FrontLines and USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade. To see this photo and more than 50 images from recent photo contests, visit the new FrontLines Photo Contest Archive.
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A USAID-funded project in St. Petersburg, Russia, demonstrates practical ways people can conserve resources and save energy. This roof garden, against the background of a grim city landscape, was created by the building’s residents. They united in an eco-group – a small sustainable community that implements the principles of resource saving and lives by the slogan “Start saving the planet in your kitchen.” In the basement of their building, they breed California worms that produce compost, which is used for growing vegetables on the roof. Roof Gardening Club Chairperson Anna Sokol, pictured reclining at the rooftop garden, does not complain about her tiny pension: “Many residents of our building cannot afford a dacha, so why can’t we go up on our own roof and start working for ourselves.” Photo Credit: Dmitry Feklisov
Women dancing at the fair. Photo Credit: USAID/Bangladesh
In recognition of this year’s International Women’s Day, the U.S. Mission in Bangladesh, through USAID/Bangladesh , joined with female political leaders, celebrities, academic experts, thought leaders, musicians, mothers, daughters to celebrate the economic, political and social contributions of women in Bangladesh. The 2-day Gender and Development Fair, “Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science & Technology: Pathways to Decent Work for Women,” was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center over two days, March 14-15, 2011. The fair featured fair activities and several performances throughout the day by various development organizations and women entrepreneurs including a fabulous puppet show from JICA.
Mark Lopes, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Latin America signing the bi lateral agreement between Chile and U.S.A., with Ambassador Liliana Ayelde, Ms. Cristina Lazo, Executive Director from AcGI and Minister for the Social Cabinet, Miguel Lopez Perito. Photo Credit: USAID/Paraguay
Deputy Assistant Administrator Mark Lopes of the United States Agency for International Development Agency (USAID) and Executive Director of the International Cooperation Agency of Chile (AgCI), Maria Cristina Lazo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint development cooperation in third countries. As part of the new partnership, they signed a trilateral agreement to help the Government of Paraguay strengthen its capacity in customs administration, export promotion and support to farmers.
Going forward, USAID and AgCI will collaborate to reduce poverty, strengthen institutions, improve economic development and expand economic and social inclusion across the Hemisphere.
“This Agreement is yet another step in advancing the Obama Administration’s commitment to engage Latin American and Caribbean governments as equal partners in the region’s sustainable development”, said Lopes. “Chile has made remarkable strides in building an open, inclusive and prosperous society and we want to help promote the Chilean experience to help solve other challenges in the Hemisphere.”
“USAID and AgCI are partners for development. This agreement is being signed today, but the joint collaboration between Chile, the United States and Paraguay to identify specific areas of work has already begun” said Lazo. “We believe this is just the first step of many joint efforts in the future.”
Read about the historic signing in English and Spanish.