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PANAMA: Outreach centers are oases for at-risk youth


Despite Panama’s significant economic growth, pockets of poverty remain—and youth are the most vulnerable. Explore how communities have organized to provide at-risk youth with opportunities, while trying to stem the temptation of gang life, through Creative’s three-year Alcance Positivo program.... Read More



SCHOOL DROPOUT PREVENTION PILOT: Identifying and reaching at-risk students

Instructional Systems

School dropout is a growing problem around the world. In many countries, the number of dropouts exceeds the number of children who never enrolled in school. Regardless of the timing or the reason, the cost of dropout for students, families, communities and countries is enormous. Learn more about the USAID-funded School Dropout Prevention Pilot (SDPP) Program that tested the effectiveness of dropout prevention interventions in four target countries: Cambodia, India, Tajikistan and Timor-Leste. ... Read More



TAJIKISTAN: Keeping Kids in Class with After-School Support

Instructional Systems

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



TANZANIA: Promoting reading through tech & teacher training

Instructional Systems

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



TIMOR-LESTE: Communities and Schools Together Invest in Student Education

Instructional Systems

In Timor-Leste, students are more than twice as likely to drop out in Grades 4-6 as they are later in their academic careers. The School Dropout Prevention Pilot, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aims to reduce that trend through an Early Warning System and extra-curricular activities. Engagement of students, educators, parents and community members are at the heart of the program.... Read More