On November 15, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new education policy to guide the Agency's investments in international education. This new policy will focus resources on programs that produce measurable learning outcomes for students.
The new education policy highlights key areas in which USAID will strengthen its approach, apply new methods, and engage with new partners to ensure more children and youth -- including girls -- have the opportunities to learn and succeed. The policy has four priorities: 1) increasing access to quality education that is safe, relevant, and promotes social well-being; 2) ensuring children and youth gain quantifiable literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills that are foundational to future learning and success; 3) fostering skills needed to lead productive lives, gain employment, and contribute positively to society; and 4) building the capacity of higher education institutions in developing countries to conduct and apply research, deliver quality education and engage with communities. This new policy will also increase USAID's engagement with faith-based and private-sector schools.
Each year, USAID works with partners in approximately 50 countries to help children and youth gain access to the education and skills they need to be productive members of society. This work advances U.S. foreign policy goals, promotes U.S. and international security, and helps accelerate economic growth at home and abroad.
USAID's new education policy supports the objectives of the U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education, the National Security Strategy, and the Department of State and USAID Joint Strategic Plan. Access the full USAID education policy here.