Final Report: Supporting Moderate Education in Syria Project

Following six months of interventions in Northeast Syria (NES), known as Injaz I, this follow-on project sought to address five years of psychosocial trauma and severely limited foundational learning in NES caused by primary and secondary exposure to ISIS ideology. With the closure of secular schools under ISIS, many children and youth were left susceptible…

Learning from All Children Reading Technical Briefs

From 2015 through 2021, Chemonics led multiple early grade reading reform activities under the USAID All Children Reading Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract. These activities include programming in Senegal to support the Ministry of National Education’s Lecture Pour Tous program; in Rwanda under the Soma Umenye project; and in Tajikistan for the Read with Me project.…

Innovating Techniques and Technology to Improve Education in Tajikistan

In 2021, village elders in the small Tajik community of Isfisor noticed a woman who frequently traveled the unpaved road through their neighborhood to visit the local school. Curious about the nature of the woman’s visits, they asked the school’s director, Nazira Khabibova. “I explained that our school works with the USAID Read with Me project,” says Khabibova,…

News: Chemonics and One World Network of Schools Create Institutional Partnership

Chemonics International and One World Network of Schools (OWNOS) have entered into an institutional partnership bringing together global education practitioners with expertise in instructional leadership and a shared conviction that schools cannot outperform their leaders. The partnership uniquely positions Chemonics and OWNOS to study high-performing teachers and teacher-leaders globally through a practice-based approach. As partners,…

Final Report: Tajikistan Read with Me Project

From 2016 to 2021, The USAID Read with Me Project (RWM) improved reading outcomes in Tajikistan by increasing the availability of reading materials in 80% of Tajik schools, training 75% of primary school reading teachers in modern training techniques, leveraging $2 Million in funds to support literacy activities through innovation and partnerships, and increased government…

Enabling Safe, Inclusive, and Quality Education in Syria

Before the Syrian War, over 90% of all Syrian children were enrolled in school. Today, one in every three Syrian children is out of school. In early 2021, it was reported that the vast majority of Syrian children live in areas with “severe, extreme, or catastrophic” education conditions.   In response to an ever-changing landscape…

3 Questions with Kouteba Al-Khalil on Creating Safe Education Systems for Syrian Girls

The challenge of protecting Syrian schoolchildren predates the ongoing, decade-long war. Before the start of the conflict in 2011, safeguarding practices were rare and legal frameworks non-existent. Physical and psychological abuse as forms of discipline were, sadly, commonplace. In many Syrian schools, these problems persist. In fact, over a decade of intense conflict has exacerbated…

Kouteba Al-Khalil

Kouteba Al-Khalil specializes in child protection, safe programming, and capacity building. He has eight years of experience in establishing and operating child and youth protection programs and developing child safeguarding systems. His past work spans protection in emergencies, early childhood development, social-emotional learning, resilience program, mental health and psychosocial support, establishing child-friendly spaces, and developing…

Final Report: Moldova Competitiveness Project

From FY 2015-2021, MCP improved competitiveness and efficiency in key Moldovan industries, thereby creating desirable well-paying jobs, reducing emigration, and improving the economic wellbeing of all Moldovans – the cornerstone for advancing a democratic society. MCP helped to advance the competitiveness of four heritage and emerging economic sectors – winegrowing, tourism, apparel and footwear manufacturing,…

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…