Chemonics’ global network is driven by a stubborn insistence that tomorrow’s world must be better than today’s, which is why our work in education and youth is so central to who we are. Program design begins with understanding the needs of children, teachers, parents, communities, and decision-makers and then collaborating to develop and implement interventions that meet their ever-evolving needs. We strive to apply Universal Design for Learning principles to all activities and resources that serve children, youth, and adults. Focusing first on those at the margins, we develop education resources and processes that are flexible, evidence-based, and integrate multiple methods and modalities. With more than half of the world’s population under 30 years of age, it is critical that young people are positioned as agents of change who can advocate for their own futures. To succeed in this, we believe youth must be put at the helm of change efforts and gain critical life skills that will enable them to improve the world. Because we believe that all young people — without exception — have the right to lead productive, engaged, and healthy lives.
Education and Youth.
ACCELERE! Activity 1: Improving Education Access, Quality and Governance in the DRC
USAID, in partnership with the DRC government, designed the ACCELERE!1 project to improve educational outcomes for girls and boys through improved school materials, reduced barriers to education, and increased transparency.
Devising New Ways to Learn Remotely: Intranet in an IDP Camp
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Injaz II program introduced an intranet to support virtual classrooms and distance learning for children in IDP camps.
ACCELERE!1 Reading and Writing
ACCELERE!1, a USAID and UKAID-funded early grade reading program implemented by Chemonics, supports early grade reading and writing programs in the DRC. This video highlights the benefits of using teaching and learning materials.
Success Story from Bokhtar, Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, USAID distributed 600 Braille books to specialized schools and classes in 2020. Thanks to USAID, now children with low vision have access to Braille books and more opportunities to read.
Helping All Children Read in Senegal
Since 2016, USAID has supported Senegal to implement a national early reading program using three national languages. This video showcases one classroom, highlighting the positive impact the Lecture Pour Tous program has achieved.
Youth in Conflict-Affected Areas
The USAID Human Rights Activity increases the capacity of governments and local organizations to promote human rights and protect vulnerable populations. Chief of Party Kelly Brooks shares insights on youth development in Colombia.
Early Grade Reading Assessments
The government in Pakistan’s Sindh province used results from a baseline survey of public schools to increase literacy rates and improve the quality of education.
School Based Management
The USAID Education Management Project helped the Georgian education center achieve its ambitious reform goals by increasing education management capacity and improving financial and administrative policies.
Promoting Quality Education in Tajikistan
The Learn Together Activity (LTA) is a five-year project which aims to improve Tajik primary students learning skills, with a focus on improving reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and mathematics.
Generating Jobs and Growth in Tunisia
Economic and political stability in Tunisia hinges on sustainable employment opportunities.
Strengthening Education for Youth in Syria
The Syrian conflict has raised an unparalleled need for access to education so that young Syrians have a chance to learn and thrive.
Stronger Book Supply Chains for Honduran Schools
With schools able to access more reading materials through a stronger supply chain, students in Honduras are benefiting from higher-quality education.
Accelerating Access and Learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In a country where more than 7 million children are not currently in school, a systematic effort is targeting the primary education sector to help close that gap.
Transforming the Nigerian Agriculture Sector
Nigerians who farm for a living often face low harvests and sales, which threatens the population’s livelihoods, access to food, and health.
Strengthening Interethnic Cooperation in Kosovo
Kosovo Serbs and other minority populations must be further integrated into the country’s institutions and society to help the country become more stable.
Piloting and Promoting Best Practices for Economic Growth
Piloting and sharing approaches to job creation, public financial management, trade and customs, access to finance, enterprise and workforce development, and economic inclusion is promoting economic growth in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Creating Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture
Uganda, which has the second-youngest population in the world, is creating economic opportunities for youth in the agriculture sector.
Strengthening Maize, Bean, and Coffee Value Chains in Uganda
Although the vast majority of Ugandans earn their incomes from farming, the sector only generates about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Education Innovations in Tajikistan
By creating a strong foundation in schools that reinforces the value of reading, Tajikistan aims to position young children for lifelong success.
New Lessons in Indonesia’s Higher Education System
Because the strength of Indonesia’s education system is vital to its economic and social growth, the Indonesian government has focused on improving the country’s institutions of higher education.
Scaling Up Early Grade Reading in Senegal
After increasing access to education, Senegal is turning its attention to ensuring that all children learn to read in the early grades.
Encouraging Young Readers in the Kyrgyz Republic
The Kyrgyz Republic is building momentum to improve how reading is taught and increase the availability of age-appropriate reading materials nationwide.
Paving a Path to Literacy in Rwanda
One of the first countries to embrace USAID’s new reading-focused education policy in 2011, Rwanda is maintaining its momentum, advancing the literacy of at least 1 million children in the first through third grades.
High-Quality Basic Education for Students in Sindh
Sindh, Pakistan’s second largest province, has made recent economic progress, but its education indicators are still low, with about 4 million children ages 5 to 12 not in school.
Improving Early Grade Reading Skills in Morocco
Moroccan schools are making an effort to transform reading instruction in Arabic to improve primary students’ basic literacy skills.
Boosting Business in Moldova
Since the ratification of two trade agreements in 2014, Moldova has been making steps to better position its brands and take greater advantage of its duty-free access to some of the world’s most prosperous markets.
A Stronger Tourism Sector in Jordan
Beyond enriching the lives of millions of visitors every year, the tourism sector plays a critical role in Jordan’s economy and requires structured support to achieve its full potential.
Strengthening Human Rights in Colombia
To keep the peace following its 52-year armed conflict, Colombia must protect vulnerable populations’ human rights and prevent human rights violations from recurring.
A Brighter Future in Georgia
To improve primary school students’ performance in reading and math, Georgian and ethnic minority schools must develop stronger instructional materials and transform approaches to teaching.
Improving Literacy in Zambia
Improving literacy among Zambia’s children is necessary to improve their financial futures and the country’s achievements.
Digital Revolution: The Future of Higher Education in Liberia
After decades of instability, how can Liberia build a 21st-century learning environment for its higher education institutions?
Breaking Financial Barriers to Education in the DRC
In the DRC, many parents struggled to pay school fees for their children's education. ACCELERE!1 leveraged existing cultural traditions to help families earn and save money to keep kids learning.
COVID-19 and Conflict: Keeping Syrian Children Learning Between Crises
First, the Syrian Crisis forced children out of school. Then COVID-19 hit. Find out how Chemonics’ Manahel project is harnessing online platforms to keep children learning and minimize disruptions to their education.
Summer of Reading in Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, summer camps help children improve their reading skills through friendship, spirited competition, and involving parents.
Youth Voices for Peace
In Colombia, hundreds of youth are reclaiming peace by promoting a culture of human rights in communities recovering from conflict.
Opening Doors for Students in Georgia
Primary school teachers across Georgia are learning new ways to teach reading and math, opening doors for their students’ futures.
Creating Shared Value: An Interview with Gran Colombia Gold
Through USAID’s BioREDD+ project, Chemonics partnered with mining company Gran Colombia Gold to reduce illegal mining and improve the livelihoods of small miners in Colombia.
The Science of Stories
Children’s literature can spark a lifetime of reading and learning. In Georgia, Chemonics and USAID are using groundbreaking software to fine-tune hundreds of children’s stories and put students on the path to success.
Building Safe Spaces for Learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
To ensure that girls and boys in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have access to a meaningful education, the Accelere! project, funded by USAID and UK aid, aims to benefit more than 1 million children who otherwise would not get these opportunities.
At Home in the Classroom
By integrating mother-tongue language instruction in primary schools, teachers are building a stronger foundation for young students in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Nuts and Bolts of STEM in Moldova
As they are introduced to educational robotics in the classroom, youth in Moldova are inspired to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Nurturing Youth Agripreneurship in Uganda
During an agricultural career exhibition organized by and for youth in Uganda, future agripreneurs, farmers, and agribusiness professionals learned to harness the wide variety of professional development opportunities in the sector.
Learning to Read in Morocco, One Letter at a Time
By introducing phonics-based teaching methodologies, the Reading for Success – Small Scale Experimentation activity is testing the most effective approaches for strengthening children’s Arabic reading skills in targeted primary schools.
Building Blocks for a New Education Landscape in Sindh
A nuanced approach that targets learning materials, teacher training, instructional review, and an innovative formative assessment technique has the potential to reshape the way reading is taught in Pakistan.
Changing Perceptions: Countering Stigmas around Tourism in Jordan
With Sharia-compliant financing, small- and medium-sized tourism enterprises in Jordan can more easily access bank loans that are critical to economic growth.
A New Kind of Sindhi Story for Children in Pakistan
After a learning material gap-analysis study revealed a lack of children’s books in the Sindhi language in Pakistan, local publishers are creating more child-friendly stories.
Harmonizing Aid in Zambia
Donor collaboration is increasingly important. In the education sector in Zambia, beneficiaries are learning to strategically engage donors, companies, and NGOs, helping to harmonize aid.
A New Approach to Improving Learner Performance in Zambia
Evidence-based systems and rigorous teacher training have shown measurable success in increasing reading performance for Zambia’s children.
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…
Rapid Research and Behavior Change in Conflict-Affected Syrian Schools: An Oxymoron?
Tragically, corporal punishment, humiliation, and other negative discipline techniques are common practices in Syrian schools. Conflict traumatizes teachers and robs them of training opportunities, often giving rise to a culture of physical and mental punishment. The Chemonics-led Syria Education Programme, which has provided nearly half a million primary-school-age children with a safe and quality education,…
All Hands on Deck: Furthering Youth Engagement in Climate Mitigation
In celebration of International Youth Day, Chemonics calls on the global development community to amplify youth voices and embrace them as an integral part of fighting the climate crisis. At Chemonics, we believe that empowering young people to improve the structures around them catalyzes positive, more inclusive outcomes for youth and their communities. Young people will suffer the…
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…
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…
News: Chemonics and Reading Partners Bring High-Quality Literacy Tutoring to D.C. Elementary Schools
Chemonics International and Reading Partners are pleased to announce their partnership for the 2020–2021 school year. Through the partnership, select Chemonics employees are dedicating up to two hours weekly to tutor students from five Washington, D.C. elementary schools at each student’s precise instructional level as part of Reading Partners’ proven literacy program. Chemonics and Reading…
The Case for Youth Engagement in the Program Design Process
As global development professionals, we need to recognize that today’s world leaders don’t fit the narrow definitions of previous generations. We typically think of leaders as those with long-established power, while we ignore influential, often young, individuals like small-scale farmers and healthcare workers, community organizers and policy advocates. Today, integrating youth engagement in program design…
3 Lessons for Empowering Youth to Drive Sustainable Change Through Innovation
Join UNLEASH and Chemonics during the closing event of the upcoming Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit on October 29 at 10:15 a.m. EDT to observe our innovation skills-building session with youth attendees and listen to testimonials about how targeted investment in youth has led to sustainable development outcomes. Currently, half of the world’s population is…
News: Chemonics Projects Earn Industry Recognition at SID-W Innovation Competition
Two panels of development experts, along with attendees of last week’s Society for International Development – Washington Chapter’s (SID-W) Virtual Annual Conference, have recognized three Chemonics-implemented projects for their innovative approaches to development challenges. The awards were announced during the event as part of SID-W’s annual Innovation Competition. This year, SID-W members entered their innovations…
3 Questions with Mohammad Youssef: COVID-19, Technology, and Innovation
COVID-19 has forced the development community to pivot programming and innovate to bridge the physical divide that social distancing has imposed. Mohammad Youssef is the director of programs for the U.S. State Department-funded Injaz education project in Syria. In this blog, Mohammad reflects on new COVID-induced challenges, and how his background in IT has helped him…
Early Grade Reading: What Does ‘Good’ Look Like and How Do We Measure It?
Parents send their child to school and expect that she will learn to read. A teacher is expected to deliver quality instruction and provide appropriate support to students who are struggling. A head teacher is expected to turn an underperforming school into a high-performing one. An education official is expected to ensure national education performance.…
3 Questions with Fred Kasongo on Expanding Early Grade Literacy in Crisis-Affected Communities
1) Why do you think it is important to expand activities to Beni and Butembo? As a Congolese citizen, I’m aware of the challenges in various parts of my country, and in particular, in Beni and Butembo in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Approximately 1 million inhabitants of these cities face heightened insecurity from…
Psychosocial Support for Children Counters the Legacy of Violent Extremism in Syria
Exposure to violent and radical ISIS ideologies has damaged Syrian children’s mental health. In areas touched by violent extremism, transforming classrooms into mental health positive spaces that deliver psychosocial support can kickstart the healing process.
3 Questions with Juan Felipe Sanchez Franco
During the past two years, the USAID Honduras Quality Reading Materials Activity (QRMA) Project worked with the Ministry of Education to acquire, print, and distribute more than 3 million teaching and learning materials. Chief of Party Juan Felipe Sanchez Franco offers some insight about the project’s successful collaboration with the ministry and other stakeholders. How did partnerships…
The Case for Practical Techniques for Inclusive Classrooms
While efforts to improve inclusion of learners with disabilities are gaining traction with donors and ministries of education, those efforts largely focus on identification and disability mapping to get policy into place. Approaching inclusive education solely from the lens of policy development leaves the classroom teacher and the children she serves waiting. Practical implementation of…
Recommendations for a Diverse, Sustained Health Workforce
There are simply not enough health workers to meet the basic health needs of all people worldwide. This prevents development practitioners from contributing to higher-performing health systems, as we struggle to make the most with the health professionals we have available, who are often concentrated in urban areas, working in professional silos, and failing to…
Best of the Blog 2019
Check out our countdown of the 10 most popular blog posts from 2019! 10. To Respond to the Venezuelan Migration Crisis, Let’s Also Tap the Private Sector By Ariana Szepesi-Colmenares As Venezuelan migrants navigate challenges in host countries, the private sector must play an active role in maximizing their economic opportunities. 9. Development Works Here…
News: Chemonics Welcomes New Education and Youth Practice Director
Chemonics is pleased to announce Audrey Spencer as its new Education and Youth Practice director. Ms. Spencer is an accomplished international education professional with 13 years of experience in programming and training for literacy, teacher training, and healthy youth practices grounded in inclusive and gender-equitable foundations. Prior to joining Chemonics, Ms. Spencer served as an…
Creating Space for Youth to Thrive: A Philosophy on Youth Development
The celebration of International Youth Day today, August 12, calls for the global development community to reflect on its work with young people across sectors. In this spirit, Chemonics is excited to share our corporate philosophy on youth development — the foundational tenets on which we build our work and the core areas in which…
3 Questions with Jennifer Swift-Morgan on Supporting Cameroonian Scholars
Education and governance specialist Jennifer Swift-Morgan serves as technical director for the USAID All Children Reading project in Senegal and is a founding member of Chemonics’ Center for Politically Informed Programming. She was recently selected for a Fulbright award in Cameroon, where she will work with graduate students and university faculty in Yaoundé. Sponsored by…
Building the Tech Workforce through Private Sector Engagement
Many countries find themselves facing “brain drain” — mass exodus of bright young minds seeking greater opportunities for employment abroad. In the small European country Moldova, for instance, one third of the population has left to find living wages elsewhere. Fortunately, engaging the private sector in technology-related workforce development projects offers a sustainable, market-based solution.…
News: Chemonics Tackles High-Priority Global Education Issues at CIES 2019
From April 15 to April 18, Chemonics will present at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) in San Francisco, California. The conference convenes thousands of researchers, students, practitioners, and policymakers from around the globe to discuss high-priority education issues. In their presentations at CIES, Chemonics’ education specialists will tackle…
Disability Measurement Challenges: Not an Excuse to Delay Inclusive Education
According to the World Report on Disability, more than one billion people (15 percent of the world’s population), have a disability, and most children with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries have limited to no access to education. Though staggering, this statistic is likely higher because we have a hard time measuring disability. As a…