This commitment is designed to meet the critical needs for education in Liberia, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, and other African countries where quality improvement of primary education remains paramount. It will also expand secondary education enrollment, specifically in predominantly rural areas, in countries such as Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya, and Uganda, where a majority of the child population goes to primary school.
This commitment will be linked to AED's child health improvement programs to prevent HIV-AIDS, malaria, and childhood diseases, and builds on over 30 years of AED work with Ministries of Education and local communities in more than 25 African countries.
Implementation strategies include methods of rapid instructional change at the classroom level, application of active learning technologies and new, more relevant learning materials, transformation of curricula and methods for teacher training, leadership development for schools, enhanced community participation in assuring school quality, and decentralized ministry operations at the provincial level with a deepened sense of ownership by local communities of the benefits and successes of education.
Project execution will be led by local community and leaders in concert with national ministries of education and consistent with national educational development plans supported by AED and its partners. Current global corporate partners include Hess Corporation, Exxon Corporation, Newmont Mining, Boeing Corporation, Oracle, Barclay's, and Johnson & Johnson.
Current AED partnerships with corporations, local governments, and donor agencies have demonstrated success in improving education in Africa; however, outreach to new partners can enhance and build further on this success. Today's challenge is to achieve universal graduation rates for primary school and to provide every primary school graduate, especially girls, educational opportunities in middle and secondary school by 2015. AED's Education and Policy Data Center, EPDC, demonstrates this is achievable with country leadership and commitment, but requires integrated, strategic assistance, carried out by partnerships among national governments, corporate partners, donor agencies, and local communities. Past partnerships have demonstrated the viability of AED's methods and strategies, which lay a working foundation for project success in the next 5 to 7 years. Progress in achieving 'Education for All' (EFA) has established the foundation to move to the next stage for expanded assistance to middle and secondary schools. New data from AED's policy center projects specific demographic needs by country and what levels of success can be anticipated. AED will manage the implementation process as a trusted, established education NGO with on-the-ground national and international staff currently in 28 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Measures of Success:
Progress projected for over 3 million children measured by enrollment and completion data over the five-year period. Increases in teacher qualifications, class attendance rates, school retention, and reduction in drop-outs will be measured to provide a picture of systemic improvement. Measurements of learning outcomes by testing/assessing student performance will be improved.
October 1, 2007 - AED publication of Windows on the Future 2025. Public-Private workshop and global conference on education held at AED headquarters.
SEEKING: 1. Joint and matching funding for teacher training and materials development. $300,000-$500,000 per country, and $75,000 per school cluster (5 schools per cluster). Multi-country regional commitments to Southern, Western, and Eastern Africa at $1.5 million-$2 million per region.
2. In-kind materials and systems donations for learning technologies, computers, software, and connectivity.
3. Corporate professional staff participation in policy dialogues, assessments, training, including MIS systems specialists and evaluation of program outcomes/results.