Capacity to Improve Access to Education by Vulnerable Children
September 2002 – October 2004
an eye toward becoming increasingly involved in the education
sector and building a relationship with the Ministry of
Education, USAID/India embarked on an effort to provide
technical assistance that would result in a phased blueprint
for USAID action in the education sector.
In 2001, USAID/New
Delhi enlisted BEPS to conduct an education sector review.
The BEPS team recommended
and restructuring of the basic education systems through
the elementary level and increasingly at the secondary
level; supporting efforts to improve access to education
by addressing the needs of out-of-school children and youth;
and establishing stronger linkages among schools, vocational
training groups, and employers.
In follow-up to the BEPS-led
review, USAID/India became increasingly involved in the
sector. A BEPS team
returned to India in October 2002 and introduced Partnership
for Education for All Children Equitably (PEACE). This
activity aimed to build the capacity of Indian foundations,
NGOs, and the educational sector to improve access to quality
elementary education by vulnerable children, especially
girls. A feasibility study for PEACE’s implementation
was conducted in January 2003.
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