A Conversation with Jennifer Swift-Morgan

“A Conversation With…” is a series that explores the topics, experiences, and perspectives of Chemonics’ experts from around the world. This inaugural edition features Dr. Jennifer Swift-Morgan, a Fulbright U.S. scholar and a senior advisor at Chemonics, who spent one year in Cameroon teaching graduate students and working with faculty at the University of Yaoundé…

3 Questions with Norma Evans on Chemonics’ Numeracy Toolkit

Chemonics’ recently published toolkit, Getting to (2+6): A Toolkit for Responsive Numeracy Programs, is a resource designed to help educators implement programs that enhance student’s ability to use, interpret, and communicate mathematical information.  As co-author of the toolkit, Norma Evans explains the guiding principles behind it and how it can lead to better outcomes for students…

Development Works Here with Andres McAlister

We’d like you to meet Andres McAlister! Andres is an integrated supply chain manager on the Global Health Supply Chain team on the PSM (Procurement Supply Management) Project. Andres discusses how he became interested in development, his experience in the MiniMasters program brought by Chemonics’ partnership with Arizona State University, and what motivates him. Andres…

Digital Revolution: The Future of Higher Education in Liberia

The Liberian education system is recovering after decades of civil instability. The longstanding effects of two civil wars, exacerbated by school closures during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, left Liberia with a fragile education system and even weaker information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. Although information is more accessible than ever, students and faculty at Liberia’s…

Getting to (2+6): A Toolkit for Responsive Numeracy Programs

Check back for new chapters! Numeracy—or the ability to use, interpret, and communicate mathematical information—is critical to a child’s education. Children who master mathematical principles are often better able to navigate the world, prepared with strong foundations in science, technology, engineering, and beyond. Dispelling the myth that only select students can succeed in math and…

Final Report: USAID Quality Reading Program–Time to Read

Between October 2016 and March 2021, the USAID Quality Reading Program–Time to Read (TTR) made substantial progress in improving the early grade reading environment in the Kyrgyz Republic. TTR worked hand-in-hand with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science to improve literacy outcomes through a comprehensive program targeting primary grade students, teachers, school directors, librarians,…

News: Chemonics Joins CIES 2021 to Discuss Pressing Global Education Issues

From April 25 to May 2, Chemonics will join the global education community at the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES 2021) to present and share lessons from implementation and discuss high-priority education issues. Chemonics’ specialists will present on a range of topics facing the education community, including approaches…

Breaking Financial Barriers to Education in the DRC

Across the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 7 million children face barriers to learning. They cannot attend sessions where classmates in white and blue uniforms recite lesson plans, write on green chalkboards, or study books under campus trees. These children have been withheld from school because their parents couldn’t afford school…

Steve Blunden

Steve’s career has largely focused on designing activities to enable systemic change in the delivery of education in East, West, and Southern Africa. Following twenty years as CEO of Link Community Development, establishing education programs in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia, Steve moved to Cambridge Education in 2014, leading their partnership with Chemonics…

Distance Continuous Professional Development: What Have We Learned from Education Program Pivots?

The Basic Education Coalition (BEC) and Chemonics hosted a for a pause and reflect session on March 9, during which panelists from five USAID-supported early grade learning programs discussed their experiences designing, implementing, and evaluating distance continuous professional development initiatives in Senegal, Malawi, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Featured Speakers Bidemi Carrol, Senior Research Education Analyst,…