Beyond Access is the third in a series of reports from Save the Children that uses IDELA data to inform knowledge, policy and programming in early childhood education.
This event brought together practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to discuss the current evidence, implementation challenges, promising approaches, and innovative SEL interventions. These discussions helped inform the U.S. government’s policy priorities and implementation guidance on how to best improve SEL outcomes for children in crisis.
Room to Read (Christine Beggs and Ryan Hebert) recently shared their experience with developing a comprehensive life skills assessment with the BEC M&E Working Group. The presentation outlined a multi-country process to develop and refine an assessment that measures knowledge, attitudes and skills across nine discrete life skills.
Basic Education Coalition (BEC) members are following the recommendations of the World Bank's 2018 World Development Report to strengthen and diversify the education workforce. BEC was pleased to engage in dialogue about lessons learned with a panel at the World Bank's Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) on April 18th.
Check out the fun video CIES made of the conference: "A Look Back".
The BEC Board of Directors was pleased to welcome Julie Cram, newly appointed Senior Coordinator of United States International Basic Education Assistance, on Thursday, April 19th, for an introductory meeting. Ms. Cram was accompanied by Robert Burch, Anna Roberts, Jeff Mettille, and Gina Fu, of USAID's Education Office.
BEC Members are preparing for a record number of presentations at CIES this year. Check them out in our BEC CIES 2018 Program. Print a copy to bring with you!
Thank you to Renata Molinari Borges da Costa for undertaking this project!
BEC supported Rep. Reichert (R-WA) and Rep. Quigley (D-IL), Co-Chairs of the Basic Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Reps, to building support for robust funding of International Basic Education through a "Dear Colleagues" letter.
BEC, RESULTS, GCE-US, UNICEF-USA, JRS, ONE Campaign, World Learning, and Global Citizen developed and executed a joint advocacy strategy to gather Representatives' signatures on the letter, which will be presented to the Chair (Rep. Hal Rogers) and Ranking Member (Rep. Nita Lowey) of the House SFOP's Subcommittee on Appropriations.
Last year, 91 Representatives signed the Basic Education letter, including 4 Republicans and 87 Democrats. This year, in addition to the 2 bipartisan co-sponsors, 118 Representatives signed the letter (more than any recent year), including 10 Republicans and 108 Democrats. We are proud of this collaborative effort and the growing momentum for Basic Education in the U.S. House of Representatives. We look forward to continuing our advocacy efforts with new and longstanding champions of this great bipartisan cause.
BEC Members teamed up with early childhood advocacy partners from the health, nutrition, and protection sectors to broaden our reach on Capitol Hill. BEC's member-advocates shared new research and personal perspective on the importance and effectiveness of early childhood education. They emphasized the need for funding and coordination, and requested inclusion of ECD report language in the House FY19 Appropriations Bill.