USAID Administrator Mark Green's Remarks at the WFP USA's McGovern-Dole Leadership Award Ceremony

"...people have asked me if I've been surprised by -- having taken the helm at USAID. Maybe not surprised, but I've seen some things that I didn't quite expect or perhaps didn't appreciate. And the biggest one is the sheer scope of the humanitarian need. My background is in development. I started off as a teacher in Kenya 30-plus years ago.

International Day of the Girl Child is October 11, 2017

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

1st Ever World Bank Development Report on Education now LIVE

The World Development Report 2018 (WDR 2018)—LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise—is the first ever devoted entirely to education. And the timing is excellent: education has long been critical to human welfare, but it is even more so in a time of rapid economic and social change. The best way to equip children and youth for the future is to place their learning at the center. The 2018 WDR explores four main themes: 1) education’s promise; 2) the need to shine a light on learning; 3) how to make schools work for learners; and 4) how to make systems work for learning.

Download the overview and/or full report 


READ Act Becomes Law!

READ Act Becomes Law!

On September 8th, 2017, Congress took the critical step of passing the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act of 2017, ensuring that all children, regardless of where they were born, have access to a quality basic education. President Trump signed this legislation later that day.

“The Basic Education Coalition is absolutely thrilled that this important legislation has become the law of the land. It has the power to accelerate efforts to get millions of the most vulnerable youth in the world in school and learning,” said BEC Co-Chairs Dan Stoner (Associate VP for Education and Children for Save the Children US) and Jerrold Keilson (VP of International Programs, Policy and Systems Changes for the American Institutes of Research). “We are able to celebrate today thanks to the leadership of Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) for championing this bill and working to ensure its passage. We also thank President Trump for signing this important piece of legislation into law, ensuring that USAID’s education programs remain a focus in this administration.” 

New BEC website! 

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new website. The new site went live on August 23rd and the URL is

We have four main goals for the site: 1) provide clear and compelling information to policy makers, 2) inform current BEC members of emergent research and events, 3) appeal to and connect with prospective members, and 4) increase awareness among the general public about the importance of international basic education.

How to engage: The new website is mobile-friendly! It includes integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin to foster improved communication with members. The news and events page will be continuously refreshed with government relations updates, the latest international education articles from around the web, and announcements of upcoming events. The Success Stories blog and this Impact page illustrate how our members are effecting real change for children around the world. 

We are incredibly appreciative of everyone who contributed to the development of this site. It has been a highly collaborative effort and we have enjoyed working with all of our members to source the beautiful photos and compelling stories that are so appealing to visitors. We look forward to ongoing collaboration to ensure this resource remains responsive and leverages our best evidence. We strive to tell a collective story, to motivate policy-makers and other champions in support of international basic education. 

We encourage you all to explore the site and share it widely. The broader our reach, the greater our momentum! 

A collection of essays from Brookings' Center for Universal Education: Meaningful education in times of uncertainty

Thursday, August 3, 2017. From Brookings: We are living at a time of enormous uncertainty. Technology is advancing at an ever-increasing rate, transforming the nature of work and employment. Widening inequality threatens to further disrupt our systems and to leave a large part of the world behind. And as a result, our political systems are increasingly facing an isolationist backlash.

Change is happening at a disorienting pace and our institutions can barely keep up.

That’s why, in March 2017, we convened a meeting of top thought leaders in the fields of learning, innovation, and technology. We asked them: how can we rapidly accelerate progress in education—not only to help marginalized communities catch up to where the privileged are today, but also to reach a more effective, holistic, and equitable education for every child in the world?

This collection of essays represents the outcome of those discussions. It addresses some of the most urgent and important issues of our time.

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Accelerated Education Working Group – Launch of Guidance Materials in DC, October 3, 2017 (Save the Date)

From ECCN: ECCN is happy to support the Accelerated Education Working Group in launching its revised and updated guidance materials for accelerated education in crisis and conflict-affected countries. The updated materials include the Guide to the Accelerated Education Principles, 10 Principles for Effective Practice, Accelerated Education definitions, and its new Accelerated Education Learning Agenda.

The Accelerated Education Principles (AEP) and research seek to improve the quality of Accelerated Education (AE) programming to better serve children and youth unable to access formal schooling in crisis and conflict settings. AE is a vital strategy to support the Sustainable Development Goals and initiatives such as Education Cannot Wait.

The event will be hosted at EDC, in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2017. Space will be limited, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for sign-up and program details. Updates and all published resources can also befound on the ECCN AEWG webpage.

Journal on Education in Emergencies – Volume 3 Now Available

By Heddy Lehman via ECCN

July 19- The third issue of the Journal on Education in Emergencies (JEiE) is now available. With this new issue of JEiE — which consists of three research articles, one field note, and four book reviews — we return to the positive face of education as we examine its contributions to peacebuilding. The articles in this issue bring a range of analyses to this question, including a focus on social justice, reconciliation, inclusion, gender norms, and the importance of social cohesion.

The full JEiE Volume 3, Number 1 can be downloaded for free here

For detailed information about the Journal on Education in Emergencies, and for instructions on how submit articles, please visit