an Education Strategy
December 2000 – May 2001
education access and quality improvements in El Salvador
through three projects: Social Sector Reform (1995-2000),
Strengthening Achievement in Basic Education (1992-1999),
and the Education Systems Revitalization Project (1986-1992).
As a next step in the improvement of El Salvador education
system, BEPS was asked by USAID/El Salvador to assist with
the development of an education strategy for 2003-2010.
reviewed key Salvadoran, USAID, and other donor studies
supporting basic education activities
in El Salvador, and
interviewed ministry of education officials as well as
representatives from leading Salvadoran institutions involved
with basic education. BEPS then identified major constraints
to and opportunities for improvement in access and quality
in formal and informal basic education. BEPS pinpointed
critical areas in which USAID’s future educational
investments could best mitigate rural poverty in El Salvador
and identified key parameters for a basic education strategy.
technical assistance resulted in a country-specific strategy,
which addressed education
for all ages and target
populations. The strategy incorporated early childhood
nurturing and stimulation, teacher training, school/community
partnerships, professional capacity development, and equity
for girls and women, rural poor, and the disabled. Also
included were positive social values and rural income-generating
activities. The education strategy was presented to USAID/El
Salvador and El Salvador’s Ministry of Education
for incorporation into the next phase of educational planning.