USAID, Peace Corps Join Arms in Support of Education

The Peace Corps and USAID have signed an agreement entitled the Global Education Framework, a joint venture, they say, “that would implement global initiatives for basic and higher education, and youth and workforce development.”

The agreement means more money for the Peace Corps, and more programs for education, gender equality and the youth.

“The Global Education Framework agreement demonstrates how we are effectively and efficiently programming every development dollar to deliver meaningful results in education,” says USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah. “By working together, we strengthen our organizations to better assist the countries and people we serve.”

Other activities being supported under the GEF are:

  • Development of new training modules for volunteers and staff.
  • Training teachers and school officials for the two-year Peace Corps Education Assistance Project in Mindanao, Philippines.
  • Volunteers teaching English to judges and court staff under the Millennium Challenge Corp. Rwanda Justice Strengthening Project.
  • Development and use of training materials to improve reading and learning in the classroom, and for life skills and youth leadership.
  • Hiring a full-time literacy specialist and program support at the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., for better implementation of projects concerning early grade reading and literacy.
  • Education study and assessment in South Africa prior to Peace Corps project expansion in another region in the country.