Basic Education

FY2015 Funding Recommendation:  
$925 million


Funding History


       President's FY2015 Request   

       InterAction's FY2015 Recommendation

**President's FY2015 Request Unavailable


 Key Facts

  • In 2012, over 23 million children were enrolled in USAID supported primary and secondary schools.

  • 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills.

  • Today, a young girl in South Sudan is three times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than to reach the 8th grade.

USAID Basic Education - $800 million

U.S. support for basic education alleviates poverty, strengthens societies, fosters stability, spurs economic growth, and enhances U.S. global leadership and influence. Education is a cost-effective way to equip millions with the tools needed to forge a path to self-sufficiency and better lives.

By elevating education as a core development objective and announcing the Room to Learn initiative to reach 1.5 million students and increase learning for 6 million children, USAID has recommitted itself to the world’s children.

Fully funding basic education programs is essential to maintaining progress made by the USAID Education Strategy and ensuring the success of Room to Learn. At least $800 million (with at least $600 million provided as Development Assistance) for bilateral education programs would allow USAID to fulfill these obligations.

FY2012 allocated funding kept over 23 million children enrolled in USAID supported primary and secondary schools, trained 316,000 teachers, and provided 20 million textbooks and other learning materials.1 However, 57 million children and 69 million adolescents remain out of school; roughly half live in conflict zones or fragile areas. Since 2005, global progress to reach these children has virtually stagnated and donor aid for education declined. Millions of others receive an education so poor that they leave school lacking basic literacy and math skills.

Global Partnership for Education - $125 million

Some InterAction members also recommend an additional $125 million for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the only multilateral partnership focused on ensuring all children have access to a quality education. Since 2002, GPE has allocated $3.7 billion to its 59 developing country partners. This has helped 22 million of the world's neediest children attend and remain in better schools, trained over 300,000 teachers, and built, rehabilitated and equipped over 52,600 classrooms.

Success Story:

Teaching change in Pakistan 

“When a girl acquires education, she educates her children and benefits the community as a whole,” said Nadia Thalho, one of several young, female college students enrolled in a new teaching degree program in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

In the spring of 2013, these women were among the 41 new teachers to graduate from the program, bringing new ways of teaching to schools across Pakistan.

The degree program is part of the USAID Teacher Education Project, which is working with 22 universities and 89 teacher colleges in Pakistan to raise academic standards in teacher education. Implemented by Education Development Center (EDC), the project offers a two-year associate’s degree and a new four-year bachelor’s degree in education.

Under the new teaching standards, interactive group study, class discussion, and other learner-centered activities replace lectures and memorization. As a result, students are gaining self-confidence and greater awareness. They recently held elections for student officers, bringing the “Elections, Power, and Authority” part of their syllabus to life. It was the first time most of the girls had ever voted.

The new degree program is doing more than changing teaching methods; it is elevating the teaching profession itself.

In many parts of Pakistan, women are discouraged from working outside of the home or are timid and reluctant to express opinions. Master teacher Rozina Khuwaja thinks that enhancing the teaching profession might help change that. “Pakistani women are just as competent and smart as men. By studying topics such as human rights and elections, they become more aware about their rights as citizens.”

Today, Khuwaja and Thalho co-teach a class in Hyderabad and together are inspiring the next generation of women teachers in Pakistan.

“The new teacher program helps women develop confidence,” says Thalho. “It encourages them to prepare themselves to become mentors for the future generation.”

Photo Credit: EDC/USAID Teacher Education Project



1 “USAID’s Commitment to Education: Creating Opportunities through Learning,” USAID Fact Sheet.

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