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The new education policy announced in November by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) emphasizes that the primary purpose of its programming is to achieve sustained, measurable improvements in learning outcomes and skills development. The policy describes six principles that drive decision-making and investments in education programming: 1) prioritize country-focus and ownership; 2) focus investments on measurably and sustainably improving outcomes; 3) strengthen systems and develop capacity in local institutions; 4) work in partnership and leverage resources; 5) drive decision-making and investments using evidence and data; and 6) promote equity and inclusion.
Furthermore, the policy identifies four priority areas: 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) helping higher education institutions become central actors in development by conducting and applying research, delivering quality education and engaging with communities.
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 polity goals, promotes U.S. and international security, and helps accelerate economic growth at home and abroad.
USAID's new education polisty 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.