Global Education Framework Assessment of Impact and Success 2018
In 2010, the Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed the Global Education Framework (GEF) agreement to encourage collaboration and leverage Peace Corps Volunteers’ grassroots, community-level efforts to implement activities aligned with host country and U.S. Government education priorities. Centrally funded activities fell under two programming areas. Student-friendly schools focused on building a sense of agency for boys and girls, and learning environments where they feel emotionally and physically safe and are able to thrive. Literacy supported a literacy specialist, development of a comprehensive literacy strategy, community-based early-grade reading approaches, and a range of tools and materials to support those approaches.
This assessment highlights examples of the success and impact of GEF-supported activities, outlines lessons learned, and makes recommendations for improved programming and a continuation of the GEF partnership between Peace Corps and USAID. An initial desk review was conducted between May and July 2018 of activity reports from all 64 countries that received GEF funding, including quantitative data on the reach of activities and qualitative data from success stories and activity narratives submitted by PCVs and posts. Complementary information from cross-sectoral programming in gender-related activities was also reviewed.