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1 Lara Evans, Deputy Director Food Security and Livelihoods World Vision, Inc. Improving Early Grade Education through Food for Education

2 Problem Statement There is a Global Learning Crisis Hungry children are not able to learn Previous efforts to improve attendance and enrollment rates have not always translated into learning Marginalized children have been most affected by this crisis –Reference - Brookings Institute, A Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries

3 World Visions Response Build the capacity of teachers and volunteers to improve childrens reading Strengthen community capacity to support learning outcomes, especially reading Ensuring an abundance of relevant teaching and learning resource material Effectively monitoring and evaluating reading outcomes

4 WVs Children Well-being Aspirations WVs child focused approach is community based and holistic to offer sustained development Children Educated for Life is one of WVs Child Well-Being Aspirations. Another is Enjoy Good Health. Two major education outcomes: –Children, read, write and use numeracy skills –Children access and complete basic education One of the health outcomes: –Children are well nourished

5 USDA FFE - Afghanistan Objective 1: Increase access, entry and continuation of students--Achieve higher enrollment and attendance rates, with an emphasis on girls, through monthly take-home rations. Objective 2: Educational Progress--Improve student achievement levels through improvements in the learning environment/conditions, including teacher training, materials and books, etc. Objective 3: Nutrition and Maternal Child Health Progress--Improve maternal, child and student health and nutrition Objective 4: Community Development--Infrastructure and community support

6 Objective 1: Increase access, entry and continuation of students

7 Objective 2: Educational Progress Teacher and Headmaster Training Management training for MoE staff Technical support to the MoE in the development new national standards for in service teacher training Distributions of school kits to students and school supplies to teachers

8 Objective 4: Community Development Creation of Early Childhood Care and Development Spaces Support for Education Defense Committees School Improvement Program (SIPS) – competitive infrastructure voucher program Ongoing community sensitization to the importance of education

9 USDA FFE - Mozambique Result 1: Improved quality of literacy instruction -- more consistent teacher attendance, better access to school supplies, improved instructional materials, teacher and administrator training. Result 2: Improved attentiveness-- short term hunger reduced with school feeding Result 3: Improved student attendance-- improved school infrastructure, increased enrollment, increased community awareness of benefits of education Result 4: Increased use of health and dietary practices-- improved knowledge of health and hygiene practices, increased access to water and sanitation

10 Increased Skills and Knowledge of Teachers & School Administrators Teacher training focused on literacy support and curriculum development Develop capacity of school councils and other community members to support learning (e.g. develop supplies from local resources). Using basic education improvement planning strategy to dialogue and plan with community. Support Ministry of Education to plan for adequate teaching and learning supplies

11 Increased Skills and Knowledge of Teachers & School Administrators Establish mobile school and community libraries with some materials in local language Encourage parents to participate as teaching assistants Ongoing monitoring on teacher performance and school environment by administrators, school councils and students Assessing childrens literacy skills

12 Summary of Promising and Good Practice Approaches Basic Education Improvement Planning – empowering the community to take local level actions towards improve learning outcomes Developing teaching and learning materials using local resources (e.g. supplementary readers, etc.) School and community libraries Teacher training to improve reading Assessing reading

13 Conclusions/Take Aways A holistic approach is needed to address the educational needs of the more marginalized children: –A nutritious meal for enrollment, retention, completion and more importantly cognition and learning –Focusing on teacher skills to improve literacy –Support the communitys demand for a relevant and positive learning experience for their children through awareness raising and training We can see profound impact on girls enrollment and retention from this type of program because of this whole school/holistic approach

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