Advancing Basic Education: Access for All IDIQ
Creative Associates International provides support to Goal Three of USAID’s Education Strategy—which seeks equitable access to education for 15 million children in conflict and crisis-affected countries—as one of the holders of the “Advancing Basic Education: Access for All” Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (ABE: ACCESS IDIQ) contract.
Creative and its partners are prepared to implement USAID’s programs that use education to mitigate crisis, conflict and fragility. The Creative-led consortium includes four core partners (International Rescue Committee, World Education, RTI and Management Systems International) and 13 technical partners that provide specialized expertise, including language and materials, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, gender, information and communications technology, youth, inclusive education and peacebuilding.
These partnerships bring not only an expansive breadth of expertise, but also strong relationships with scores of local and regional organizations ready to support this work.
Creative Associates International
International Rescue Committee
Management Systems International
Center for Applied Linguistics
Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
Making Cents International
Michigan State University
SUCCESS IN THE MOST CHALLENGING CONTEXTS
Creative and its consortium partners have a successful track record of providing educational services in conflict and post-conflict environments, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, El Salvador, Haiti, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Pakistan, Timor Leste and Yemen.
Creative is the lead implementer in the USAID-funded Education Crisis Response Program, which focuses on providing basic education and psychosocial services to internally displaced school-aged children in Northern Nigeria.
Focusing on four of the most heavily affected Northern states, Creative and its partners developed and are managing a community-based initiative that provides literacy, math and life skills through non-formal education centers. The program will reach more than 54,000 internally displaced children.
In close collaboration with state and local education officials, as well as religious leaders, NGOs and affected families, the Education Crisis Response program has developed a curriculum that assists children to recover their lost education, maintain their grade-level studies and support them as they recover from the shock and brutality of the insurgents.
In Yemen, Creative supported the improvement of Arabic early grade reading outcomes by partnering with the Ministry of Education to enhance teachers’ pedagogy and classroom management through an innovative Yemen Early Grade Reading Approach.
In rehabilitated classrooms in which children regained a sense of normalcy, teachers received not only training and materials but continuous professional development, coaching and mentoring that allowed them to grow as professionals to deliver better quality education. The safe learning environments and improved methods have contributed to increased enrollment despite ongoing instability.
In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Ethiopia, IRC has introduced the Healing Classrooms model, an approach that focuses on expanding and supporting the positive role that teachers can play in crises in making and maintaining “healing” learning spaces in which children can recover, grow and develop.
Internal assessments have shown that in Afghanistan, for example, following the integration of Healing Classrooms in IRC’s work, trained teachers made considerable efforts to create more conducive, child-centered learning environments.
In post-conflict Kosovo, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding trained kindergarten teachers to lead multiethnic and multilingual classrooms. Karuna Center’s training focused on building a culture of tolerance for children and partners, and building a team of teachers who were healing from vastly different experiences of war.
By supporting communities to expand access to safe, quality education, Creative and its partners’ education in conflict programs contribute to stabilization and political transition, meeting the physical and psychological needs of vulnerable populations and ultimately contributing to greater economic growth and prosperity.