|To help address these challenges, the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines
has launched a new education program to improve access to
quality education and livelihood skills in areas affected
by conflict and poverty, particularly in Mindanao. The principal
vehicle for implementing this new program is the Education
Quality and Access for Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuALLS)
To implement EQuALLS, USAID is partnering with the Philippine
Department of Education (DepEd), DepEd-ARMM, the U.S. Peace
Corps, the Asia America Initiative, Creative Associates
International, Inc., and six private sector alliances led
by the following organizations: the International Youth
Foundation; Save the Children-Philippines; the Knowledge
Channel Foundation; Synergeia Foundation; Real World Productions;
and the Brother’s Brother Foundation.
These private sector alliances are expected to double
the resources available for the EQuALLS program. By joining
with such private sector groups—corporations, foundations,
and NGOs—the U.S. Government pools not only their
financial resources, but their creativity, energy, and
expertise as well.
USAID assistance is focused on achieving four results:
community-based formal and nonformal learning opportunities,
especially in areas without schools or in conflict-affected
- Improved instructional capacity in reading,
English, math, and science;
- Reintegration of out-of-school
youth (OSY) into a peaceful, productive economy; and
reform and strengthened capacity to implement this
at both the national and local levels.