Education Systems Strengthening and Policy Reform: We provide a wide variety of policy reform assistance to orient education systems toward improving learning outcomes, particularly in early-grade reading and math. This includes improving data-driven decision-making through education management and information system assessment and development; refining decentralization policies to bring decision-making closer to parents, students, and communities; altering school funding formulas to equitably distribute resources to urban and rural schools; and aligning institutional incentives with educational outcomes through modern human and capital resource management policies.
Primary Education: We support the improvement of reading and math skills in the early grades by addressing the multiple issues that affect student learning. Working with ministries of education at the national and district levels, we support improved approaches for teacher behavior change and professional development; introduce mentoring or coaching techniques into schools; develop and distribute age- and culture-appropriate reading and math materials; and train teachers and school leaders in areas such as curriculum development, school safety, gender-sensitive and inclusive instruction, formative/summative assessment, and improving time on task. We also work with communities to increase public support and parental engagement in schools, as well as improving home and school learning environments.
Youth Workforce Development: We prepare youth for the workforce through cross-sectoral programming to bridge the gaps between education opportunities, the labor force, and private sector needs. Our life skills training programs are tailored to meet the needs of vulnerable youth seeking fundamental soft skills to find and keep a job; entrepreneurship skills to launch their own careers, and hard skills in agriculture and other core sectors to pursue lucrative and sustainable livelihoods. Internship programs place graduates of our training in their first jobs and support employers in training and retaining interns. Our projects also engage private sector partners to ensure that youth in vocational, technical, and tertiary education programs are receiving skills and knowledge that are applicable to the current workforce demands.
Empowering Youth: Recognizing youth engagement as key to sustainable positive youth development, Chemonics engages youth to contribute to development efforts at the local, national, and global level. Through sector-specific interventions as well as integrated approaches across sectors, our projects work with diverse populations of youth in areas such as civic engagement, health, economic growth and entrepreneurship, civil society strengthening and conflict resolution. Through small grants to youth-led and youth-serving organizations, young people receive training in advocacy, civil society, leadership, conflict resolution, and other skills to help them make positive change in their communities.