The Basic Education and Policy
Support (BEPS) Activity provides specialized professional
and technical services to USAID missions and regional bureaus,
seeking to assist developing and newly independent nations
to improve the quality, access, management and effectiveness
of their educational systems, with special emphasis on basic
In February 2000, USAID awarded the Basic Education and
Policy Support Activity to Creative Associates International
(CAII) and its partners. BEPS is composed of a consortium
of institutions led by Creative Associates, including CARE,
Groundwork and The George Washington University. Each brings
expertise and resolve in improving and furthering basic education
in developing countries and emerging democracies.
Creative Associates International’s
Education, Mobilization and Communication Division, which
manages the BEPS contract,
has an extensive track record working in countries in need
of education reform. CAII works to improve access to education
and to reintegrate education services in countries transitioning
from conflict to peace.
Building on this history and experience, the BEPS team works
to achieve improved quality, efficiency, access and equity
in education. BEPS benefits from a dedicated core staff ready
to provide rapid-response technical assistance or mobilize
needed consultants. BEPS activities seek to enhance educational
policy dialogue and reform and puts in place planning activities.
Services include policy appraisals and assessments, training
and institutional strengthening and the design and implementation
of pilot projects, feasibility studies, applied research
studies, seminars/workshops and evaluations.
The BEPS project objectives are to:
- Improve the quality, efficiency, access
and equity of education.
- Support educational policy dialogue
- Carry out educational policy and planning
- Carry out pilot
projects and provide technical assistance.
The key areas of focus are:
Education Policy Reform
Education to Combat Abusive Child Labor
Education in Crisis Situations