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Washington File

13 April 2003

USAID Awards Contract to Revitalize Education in Iraq

(Project to help prepare children for school year beginning September
2003) (520)
The Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an initial
$2 million contract on April 11 to help meet immediate educational
needs in Iraq and "promote participation of the Iraqi people in a
sustainable, decentralized educational system."
According to a USAID press release, "The U.S. government's goal is to
ensure that children are prepared for the new school year beginning in
September 2003."
The contract was awarded to an international consulting firm, Creative
Associates International Inc. (CAII), which will implement the USAID
education assistance program in Iraq to increase enrollment and
improve primary and secondary education.
The education contract is one element in USAID's overall relief and
reconstruction effort in Iraq.
Following is the text of USAID's April 11 press release:
(begin text)
USAID Awards Contract to Revitalize Education in Iraq
U.S. Agency for International Development 
Press Release 
April 11, 2003
Washington -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
today announced an initial $2 million, 12-month contract to Creative
Associates International Inc. (CAII) to address immediate educational
needs and promote participation of the Iraqi people in a sustainable,
decentralized educational system. The U.S. government's goal is to
ensure that children are prepared for the new school year beginning in
September 2003.
CAII, an international consulting firm with its headquarters in
Washington, D.C., will implement a USAID education assistance program,
"Revitalization of Iraqi Schools and Stabilization of Education"
(RISE). The program is a rapid response effort to increase enrollment
and improve the quality of primary and secondary education through
short-term immediate impact activities that will lay the foundation
for more sustainable reform.
Short-term activities will include development of baseline indicators
to measure educational progress, and procuring and distributing
essential school materials, equipment and supplies. These materials
will be provided in time for the new school year to open, reducing any
disruptions in classroom education. Child-centered, participatory
teaching methods will be introduced to lay the foundations for
democratic practices and attitudes among students, parents and
teachers.
CAII will also work to improve teacher training and school leadership
programs, and provide high-level technical assistance to help reform
the educational system. As nearly 25 percent of school-age children
are not currently attending school, the RISE initiative will pilot
accelerated learning programs throughout Iraq and offer short-term,
intensive bridge programs to help children re-enter the education
system at the appropriate grade levels for their ages. The RISE
contract does not include production of textbooks. USAID solicitations
related to the production of textbooks on certain school subjects will
be forthcoming.
This education contract is part of USAID's planned reconstruction
assistance to the Iraqi people, aimed at helping maintain stability,
ensure the delivery of essential services, and facilitate economic
recovery. This is one of eight initial requests for proposals (RFPs)
issued by USAID as part of its overall relief and reconstruction
efforts in Iraq.
For more information on USAID's humanitarian relief and reconstruction
efforts in Iraq, as well as the actual education RFP, please visit
www.usaid.gov/iraq/.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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