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The State of the World's Children 2004


BRAC, Education, BRAC website
This website describes the educational models implemented by BRAC (formerly the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) Education Programme. It details BRAC’s innovative responses to the need for expanded basic and continuing education opportunities for disenfranchised children and adults. It provides a blueprint for its initiatives by focusing on specific themes such as flexible scheduling, a learner-centred, participatory approach and emphasis on the needs of girls and members of ethnic minority groups.
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Brown, Janet, 'Evaluation Report of the Better Parenting Project: National Multi-Sectoral Collaboration on Behalf of Young Children', UNICEF Jordan, 2000
This report evaluates the Better Parenting Project in Jordan, initiated by UNICEF and local partners in 1996 to provide support to parents of children under the age of six. Better Parenting particularly focuses on health, nutrition and social-emotional development. The report offers information on the challenges facing families in Jordan who are poor, have minimal or no employment and low educational levels, and provides details of the project’s methods for promoting early childhood care.

Chesterfield, Ray and Fernando E. Rubio, 'Incentives for the Participation of Guatemalan Indigenous Girls in Primary Education: Final evaluation of the Eduque a la Niňa Pilot Project', Academy for Educational Development, Guatemala, 1997
This paper outlines various interventions in Guatemala designed to help girls enrol and stay in school. It describes the strategies employed by each initiative and evaluates their success by measuring attendance, participation, completion and cost-effectiveness. Based on data from the 36 communities involved in this project, the paper concludes that a scholarship programme was the most effective incentive to help parents keep their daughters in school.

Gomez, Joel, Leonel Valdivia and Virginia Lambert, Creative Associates International, 'Evaluation of the Falconbridge Foundation School Sponsorship Program: Basic Education and Policy Support (BEPS) Activity', United States Agency for International Develo
This report evaluates the School Sponsorship Program in the Dominican Republic with an eye to replicating the initiative both nationally and internationally. The report discusses the project’s roots in the local community and its success in building solid public/private partnerships. It describes the specific components of the project and presents results in student achievement.

International Labour Organization, International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, ‘Facts on how IPEC works with teachers’, International Labour Organization, Geneva, March 2003
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of programmes that promote education and reduce child labour. It describes programmes implemented by teachers in Kenya, Peru and the Philippines, briefly addressing principal strategies and results.

Literacy Exchange: World Resources on Literacy, Kosovo, Literacy Exchange website
This website is devoted to the Windows on Life programme, which provides literacy and numeracy training for girls and women in Kosovo. This programme offers the tools for self-sufficiency through such topics as health, human rights, early childhood, work and the economy. The site includes detailed descriptions of the Windows on Life curriculum, lesson plans and the evaluation process. Links are available to textbook pages.
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Marcuello, Mabel, 'Opening Doors for Rural Girls’ Education: Punkukunata Kichaspa Project', United Nations Children’s Fund, 2001
This paper examines the approach of the Punkukunata Kichaspa project, a 1999 initiative addressing the educational exclusion of rural girls in Peru. The document describes the circumstances that led to the creation of the project and summarizes the interventions implemented by Punkukunata Kichaspa and its particular emphasis on ways to involve families and communities.

Pandey, Raghaw Sharan, 'Going to Scale with Education Reform: India’s District Primary Education Program, 1995-99', Education Reform and Management Publication Series, vol. 1, no. 4, World Bank, Washington, D.C., 2000
This paper examines the District Primary Education Program, which was launched in 1994 and today reaches 55 per cent of India’s primary school students. The paper presents an overview of the project’s design and explores the reasons behind its success. Seven specific aspects of the project are highlighted as examples of good practice.

Tostan: Women’s Health and Human Rights, Education, Tostan website
This website describes the Tostan Basic Education Program in Senegal. It discusses the project’s use of a non-formal, participatory education programme that draws on local languages and cultural traditions to reach rural women who have been deprived of schooling. Links are provided to in-depth descriptions of its modules, achievements, background and methodology.
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United Kingdom Department for International Development, ‘The Lok Jumbish Programme (1992-2004): Education as a tool for promoting gender empowerment and equity’, DFID, website
This document describes strategies adopted by the Lok Jumbish Education Programme in India to help achieve universal education in an area where poverty and social exclusion limit school enrolment. The project mobilizes local communities to revitalize primary school systems and to establish non-formal schooling initiatives. The document presents the 10 components of Lok Jumbish’s strategy to promote gender equity in schools. It briefly summarizes the programme’s results to date.

Zarchin, Jill, Tin Mar Aung and Jackie Jenkins, 'Skills-based health education and Life Skills - The Myanmar Experience', UNICEF Myanmar, July 2001
This document explores Myanmar’s Skills-based Healthy Living and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education programme. The programme focuses on issues relevant to young people, including HIV prevention, hygiene, drug abuse and overall life skills. With an exponential growth rate in HIV infection, Myanmar has made this programme a national model for HIV prevention education. This paper includes information on teacher training, lesson plans and methods for enhancing the relationship between schools and local communities.



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