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Enjoy an insightful look into the positive transformations taking place in projects around the world. Perspectives from the beneficiaries, partners, donors and staff are combined to provide an inside look at the approaches, engagement and results. Creative’s special reports include videos, feature stories, photos, blogs and more.


TAJIKISTAN: Keeping Kids in Class with After-School Support


Tajik’s educational system, overburdened due to high enrollment, struggled with retention, especially during Grade 9, the last year of compulsory education. Through the Student Motivation Learning Program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, an Early Warning System and an after-school tutoring program were established to identify and support students at-risk of dropout.... Read More



CAMBODIA: Reaching Students on the Edge through School Support & Computer Labs


In rural Cambodia, students are frequently torn between attending school and staying at home to help work their parents’ farms. The resulting absenteeism, when chronic, can lead to school dropout, which is especially acute in Grades 7-9. The School Dropout Prevention Pilot, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, seeks to reach those at-risk youth by identifying them through an Early Warning System. Some schools in the pilot also received computer labs to entice student attendance. ... Read More



INDIA: Schools & Communities Champion Education through Joyful Learning


In Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, 26 percent of fifth grade children never make it to the sixth. Based on extensive research into the causes of absenteeism, an Early Warning System and an after-school Enrichment Program were developed to change that. These initiatives are part of the School Dropout Prevention Pilot, which also shows teacher how to identify and support student at risk of dropout. After-school activities make school a more engaging place where kids can learn and play, motivating them to come to school and stay the entire day. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.... Read More



ZAMBIA: Turning the page for better schools


Some 35 percent of Zambians ages 15 to 24 are illiterate—the highest rate in Southern Africa. The Zambian government and USAID are teaming up with communities, schools and parents to boost literacy through quality curriculum and improving overall school effectiveness. See how this whole school, whole teacher, whole learner approach is spreading a culture of reading and keeping students on track in and out of the classroom. ... Read More



HONDURAS: Young Lives in the Balance

Citizen Security

Youth in at-risk communities are caught between gangs, drugs and violence. Through community-based violence prevention initiatives, Creative, USAID and the Honduran government are reducing crime, creating opportunity for youth and turning neighborhoods once plagued by crime into places of hope.... Read More



TANZANIA: Promoting reading through tech & teacher training


Tanzania’s 2002 decision to offer free primary education led to a surge in school enrollment—jumping from only 59 percent of primary school-aged students enrolled in 2000 to 96 percent in 2010 on the mainland and nearly 80 percent on Zanzibar. More students in school did not result in better achievement. In 2013, only 5 percent of Tanzanian first graders could pass a Swahili test.... Read More