Education plays a vital role in rebuilding conflict and crisis-affected communities and preparing residents for a peaceful future. Safe schools create an environment for learning and healing, and citizens trust government more as service delivery improves. When schools are open and children are in classrooms, communities sense that stability is returning.
Creative quickly assesses the unique needs of the educational systems in these situations. Its on-staff experts and network of partners collaborate with communities, officials and the private sector to develop sustainable strategies that provide access to quality education in safe learning environments.
These plans elevate teachers’ skills, incorporate contemporary pedagogical practices, provide materials that emphasize literacy and introduce technologies that bring lessons to life. They guide the development of educational policies that reflect children’s and human rights and eliminate bias. This holistic approach goes beyond the schoolroom. It brings healing through psychosocial support, promotes stability through reconciliation and conflict mitigation, and launches opportunities through training in marketable vocational skills.
Creative has successfully ensured access to quality education for primary school students in conflict-ridden settings with significant improvements to learning outcomes in Afghanistan, Central America, Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, northern Uganda, Yemen and elsewhere.
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In northern Nigeria, it worked with 21,000 literacy and math teachers in three states to reach 700,000 students with improved teaching and classroom techniques. Creative’s Northern Education Initiative (NEI) built on that success. It worked with the government to adapt policies, enhance systems and develop tools and procedures to make schools both effective and responsive to children’s needs.
NEI also trained more than 3,500 classroom teachers and facilitators in literacy, math, life skills and psychosocial counseling to measurable impact: The project saw a 33 percent boost in student enrollment in the states of Bauchi and Sokoto, with girls representing an impressive 38 percent jump.
In Afghanistan through the Building Education Supports Systems for Teachers program (BESST), Creative provided 81,000 teachers with learning-centered pedagogies, increasing teacher performance levels by 35 percent and improving the quality of instruction in reading, writing and math for more than 2.7 million students.
To improve early grade reading outcomes for Arabic speakers in Yemen, Creative partnered with the country’s Ministry of Education to mobilize stakeholders and enhance teachers’ skills in reading, writing, pedagogy, classroom management and continuous assessment. Together, they provided better instruction for 120,000 students from first through third grades.
Creative is one of four current holders of the Advancing Basic Education: Access for All (ABE ACCESS), an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract (IDIQ) global mechanism that issues competitive task orders designed to support the U.S. government’s efforts under Goal Three of the USAID Education Strategy (2011-2015) to provide equitable access to education for 15 million children in conflict and crisis affected countries by 2015.