BGE Knowledge Products:


CARE’s Basic and Girls’ Education (BGE) Unit draws on a wealth of experience embodied in its education portfolio which touches more than 40 programs, involving over 100 projects in 44 countries. This portfolio targets marginalized communities and vulnerable populations, employing key thematic programming models. It focuses on innovations in programming, the incorporation of girls’ leadership competencies, and advocacy for rights based access to quality education. Staff in the BGE Unit and Country Offices (COs) have documented knowledge and developed a broad range of knowledge products in the form of basic project documents, evaluations, impact assessments, policy and advocacy papers, capacity building training manuals, toolkits, comprehensive research documents, and sets of human interest and success stories. In addition, all staff engages regularly in meetings at multiple levels, advocacy campaigns, trainings, and many other venues where knowledge is generated, shared, and clarified. Equally important is the knowledge we draw from our constituents, our partners and, especially, our colleagues.

According to BGE’s 2010-2015 Sector Strategy, CARE’s education programs will share a set of priorities that are grounded in our vision, experience and guiding principles. These priorities are as follows: strengthen community-driven models of education; deepen partnerships in government-run education systems to promote new kinds of collaboration and impact; demonstrate innovative, replicable solutions to address gender, especially in marginalized communities we seek to target; advance knowledge generation in the sector by vigorous documentation of our impacts; address imbalances of power and gender; and incorporate a leadership focus into CARE’s education work globally.

A set of operational priorities have also been outlined to help create a shared direction for how CARE works together in the sector. These themes will help direct how global resources are used and form the basis for our learning agenda. They are impact measurement, greater influence on the way education programs are formulated and implemented, development of clear organizational expertise, project to program shift and theory of change, leveraging of resources, and promoting CARE’s visibility and learning in education.

This document outlines our common agenda and a path to heightened impact, more thoughtful approaches, greater accountability and – most importantly – a quality education for all.

Objectives of the Learning Agenda

In order to achieve the results laid out for the education sector, it is imperative to have a cohesive learning agenda to guide our work. This agenda should be based on our experiences, knowledge and programming portfolios.

CARE believes that in order to achieve significant and lasting impact on poverty and social injustice, especially for women and girls, all of our programs should include a set of established characteristics. One of those characteristics is: the ability to promote organizational and social learning, to generate knowledge and evidence of impact. This evidence and knowledge will be used for advocacy, risk analysis and mitigation, adapting the theory of change and leveraging resources.

The purpose of the learning agenda is to create, organize, collect, and present knowledge and learning around a central theme. In choosing a strategic learning theme to guide a learning agenda, we can strategically create a knowledge base around this topic, organizing our work and positioning us to be global leaders in that area.

It is expected that each CO engaged in education work would participate in this joint learning agenda by:

• Identifying the learning sub-themes that are relevant and of interest to your CO
• Contributing to global learning by sharing knowledge captured
• Identifying gaps in knowledge that the CO would like to learn from other COs
• Developing knowledge products and means for learning
• Sharing knowledge
• Applying learning to improve current programming and positioning of CARE

The duration of this learning agenda is through the end of FY14. At the end of FY14 the BGE Unit will lead an assessment of progress towards this learning agenda and evaluate how to continue. The results of this learning agenda will also inform the next education sector strategy.

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PCTFI Tips Series:

The Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI) is excited to share its new series of lessons from the field, the PCTFI Tips Series! Over the past year, each of the PCTFI Cohort 1 countries (Cambodia, Honduras, Mali, and Tanzania) have participated in a reflective exercise on the work that they have done. Drawing on their experiences, each country compiled a list of potential topics for their first contribution to the Tips Series. After discussing and vetting the topics across the group of four countries and BGE, single themed topics were decided upon. Information was collected through a series of interviews and a thorough document review of each program’s work. Topics were created from a field-perspective, with the intention that these documents would be shared across the CARE community. Each document describes a challenge the team encountered, CARE’s response, the results of this response, and recommendations to other colleagues. The first volume of the Tips Series will be published over the upcoming months and will include all four Cohort 1 countries. It is our hope that these CARE lessons are helpful in not only telling the story of the work we are doing, but also encouraging cross-collaboration and sharing across the CARE education and program sectors. As they become available, electronic copies of these documents can be found here on the BGE Wiki as well as the CARE USA website at The topics of the first four PCTFI Tips Series documents to be published are:

  • Collaborating with Government in the Context of a Highly Centralized System in Cambodia
  • Encouraging Multi-Stakeholder Involvement in Honduras
  • Using a Weighted Scale to Measure Girls’ Self-Esteem in Mali
  • Ensuring Quality and Rigor of Situational Analysis Data in Tanzania

Please watch the BGE Bulletin for announcements about the ongoing publication of the PCTFI Tips Series. Translations into French and Spanish will be made as soon as the first volume is completed. For general inquiries about, or suggestions for the PCTFI Tips Series, please contact Amanda Moll at If you would like to learn more about the program you read about, or if you have questions for the country office staff who are part of the program, their contact information will be included with each publication.

PCTFI Tips Series: Collaborating with Government in the Context of a Highly Centralized System in Cambodia

In ensuring an enabling environment for sustained change, there is a need for a positive relationship between NGOs and governments. Through its initiatives in bilingual education, CARE Cambodia has been able to do this. Building a positive relationship with the government takes a lot of work. CARE Cambodia identified four core challenges in establishing a mutually beneficial relationship: dealing with skepticism, sharing the right amount of information, navigating protocols and requests, and knowing who to keep engaged. With these identified, they worked from a number of angles to create the right environment to foster a relationship. As a result of building advocates from the inside, demonstrating good will, and seeking opportunities for the government to participant in decision-making, a good relationship was formed. This has led to a number of changes to be made, helping to further not only CARE’s work but also the government’s work. Based on their experiences, a series of five recommendations and tips have been made by the CARE Cambodia staff for other staff who are working to build a relationship with their government. This publication may be accessed here: PCTFI Tips Series Volume 1 July 2009, Cambodia.pdf.
If you would like more information about the work done by the CARE Cambodia team, or more information about the PCTFI education program in Cambodia, please contact Jan Noorlander at

CARE - MIDEC PARTNERSHIP: Partners in Education for All

As part of the Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative, CARE has entered into an exciting and groundbreaking partnership with the Minnesota International Development and Education Consortium. This partnership has not only provided enormous capacity building and technical guidance and tools to COs, but has also led to evidence-based findings which are beginning to influence global dialogue around education-based initiatives for marginalized youth. Below is the Partnership Promotional Piece.

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Strategic Impact Inquiry:

LAC Region

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  • CARE Ecuador and Perú- Community Participation and Teacher Training: Key Elements That Contribute to Change the Education of Children and Especially Girls in the Andean Region of South America. English Version

The Strategic Impact Inquiry (SII) has allowed CARE Ecuador and Perú to conduct two bi-national education programs called EDUBINA and EDUCAVIDA. These projects contributed to the achievement of goals 2 and 3 of the Millennium Development Goals: to achieve universal primary education and promote gender equality. Through this investigation, CARE Ecuador and Perú concluded that both EDUBINA and EDUCAVIDA are educational models that have shown signs of impact that can be replicated in multicultural contexts similar to those which exist in the countries Ecuador and Perú. These models bring together a set of proven strategies that ensure better education for girls from the perspectives of quality, educational achievement, equality, and empowerment. Finally, this inquiry confirmed the importance of implementing educational strategies that integrate CARE’s interventions, with the participation of community stakeholders as well as educational authorities.

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  • CARE Ecuador y Perú- La Participación comunitaria y capacitación docente: Elementos clave que contribuyen al cambio en la educación de los niños y en particular de las niñas de la región andina de America del Sur.

A través de La Encuesta impacto estratégico en educación (SII), CARE en Ecuador y en Perú, llevaron a cabo dos investigaciónes binacionales que se llaman el proyecto Educación de Calidad para la Vida (EDUCAVIDA) y el Proyecto Nueva Educación Intercultural Bilingüe en los Andes (EDUBINA). Estos proyectos contribuyeron en el logro de las metas dos y tres de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio: la universalización de la educación básica y a la equidad entre los géneros. A través de la investigación, CARE en Ecuador y en Perú concluyeron que EDUBINA y EDUCAVIDA, son modelos educativos que han mostrado evidencia de impacto y pueden ser replicados en contexto multiculturales similares a los de Ecuador y Perú. Estos modelos traen consigo un conjunto de estrategias validadas que aseguran una mejor educación de las niñas desde las perspectivas de la calidad, el logro educativo, igualdad y empoderamiento. Finalmente, la investigación confirma la importancia de implementar estrategias educativas que incorporan las intervenciones de CARE, con la participación de los actores de la comunidad y también con las autoridades educativas.

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Africa Region

  • CARE Kenya- Education Programme for Refugees in Dadaab

The Strategic Impact Inquiry (SII) has allowed the CARE Kenya team to examine its education programs in Dadaab through various lenses, while also allowing for staff and community development in designing methodology and particaipatory approaches. Through this SII process the education team has began to internally evalute its programs with an eye to indicators that focus on attainment; quality; equality and empowerment.
The SII, has presented CARE Kenya with an opportunity to reflect on how it would like to approach education in its future programming as the study has provided CARE Kenya with an in-depth view of perceptions from the community on the education system, as well as providing quantitative data on its attainment levels, equality and quality of education in Dadaab schools. The study has allowed CARE Kenya to probe deeply into its education programs and reflect on how its education programs have impacted the empowerment of girls and other marginalized children. The findings from this study will guide future strategic planning within the Dadaab education program.

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Learning Journey Series


LAC Region-

Learning Journey Series: A Learning Internship on Intercultural Bi-lingual Education in the Classroom”. Education colleagues from CARE Bolivia, CARE Ecuador, CARE El Salvador, CARE Guatemala, CARE Honduras, and CARE Peru, participated in this learning internship by visiting two community schools of the MET Mathematical and Technology project implemented by CARE Guatemala, located in Central America. Their visit and observations provided opportunities to reflect on implementing effective bi-lingual education strategies in the classroom, keeping in mind the elements of the Mayan cultural, processing the dimensions of education quality for intercultural and indigenous populations based on the positive “Appreciative Inquiry” methodology and focus group dialogue with key stakeholders and beneficiaries.

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Learning Journey Series: "Una Pasantía de aprendizaje educación intercultural bilingüe en el aula." Colegas de Bolivia, Ecuador, Perú, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador y Guatemala, participaron en la pasantía por una vista a dos escuelas comunitarias del proyecto Matemática y Educación Tecnología-MET implementado por CARE Guatemala, ubicado en Centro América. Su visita y las observaciones ofrecieron la oportunidad de reflexionar sobre la eficacia de la educación bilingüe de las estrategias en el aula, teniendo en cuenta los elementos de la cultura maya, el procesamiento de las dimensiones de la calidad de la educación intercultural y las poblaciones indígenas sobre la base de la positiva "Indagación Apreciativa" metodología y grupos de diálogo con los principales interesados y beneficiarios.

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A Learning Journey About Educational Quality: Reflective Observations from a visit to CARE India's GIrls' Education Program

The Learning Journey Series reflects on an in depth understanding of how the five dimensions of Educational Quality: Content, Environment, Outcome, Process, and What Learners Bring, play out in schools and classrooms, in CARE India’s formal and non-formal school settings. This series illustrates the reflective observations by the Learning Group, representing education colleagues from the Asia Region, to gain a better perspective about how CARE India promotes educational quality in their work. Their observations, key tips and promising practices that are identified and documented relied heavily on reflective discussions, on open-ended observations and discussions with students, teachers and community members. They are not meant to be exhaustive, but rather illustrative about how all five dimensions of quality can be seen in CARE’s work.
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Promoting Early Childhood Development for OVC in Resource Constrained Settings: The 5 x 5 Model

In sub-Saharan Africa, poverty and HIV pose grave threats to the well being of families and therefore the healthy development of children. In response to these and other threats and in light of the overwhelming evidence of the positive impact of early intervention, CARE developed the 5 x 5 model for comprehensive early childhood programming. This 5 x 5 model identifies five areas in which a holistic intervention can help young orphans and vulnerable children: health, food and nutrition, psychosocial support and cognitive stimulation, child rights/protection, and economic security. The model also intervenes at five levels: the individual child, the family or caregiver, the childcare setting, the community and the wider policy environment.

CARE has integrated the 5 x 5 model into ECD programs in Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya, Angola, and Uganda. All sites are collecting data on the outcomes of the CARE ECD programs. Thus far only the Ugandan data has been analyzed but the results have been encouraging

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Caution – Children at Work: Galvanizing Communities to End Child Labor

Child labor is one of the greatest moral issues we face today. Approximately 218 million children around the world are engaged in some form of work. This report takes a look at CARE's experience combating hazardous and exploitative child labor around the world. The theme – galvanizing communities to end child labor – resulted from a strategic review of the interventions to combat hazardous and exploitative child labor, including the role of education.

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Perspectives: Using a Broad-Based Approach to Conduct a Comprehensive Situation Analysis

This field guide is based on lessons learned and advice from CARE offices implementing programs to address the marginalization of girls. It aims to support the work of program planners and implementers as they organize and conduct a situational analysis, and is structured around the process of conducting a situational analysis about the marginalization of girls.

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Child Labor and Effective Policy Changes: An Evidence Based Review of Advocacy Approaches in CARE LAC Education Programming

In Latin America child labor is a daily phenomenon that prevents many boys, girls and adolescents from enjoying their rights, making their dreams come true, and living a healthy childhood. Despite international standards signed by most of the countries in the region, the Children’s Rights Convention and ILO Conventions, 138 and 1982, deficiencies in the application of mechanisms to control child labor persist. According to statistics reported by the International Labor Organization - ILO – and despite substantial reductions in child labor, “there are 5.7 million girls and boys who work without being old enough to be admitted to a job or work in areas prohibited by ILO Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labor. Most are boys and girls who work in agriculture; however, thousands of them work in other high-risk sectors such as mining, trash collecting, housework, making fireworks, and fishing”

Around 2003, and based on a child labor study promoted by ERAC LAC, with support from the LACRMU, and developed in El Salvador, CARE established the reduction, prevention and elimination of child labor as a priority task in programmatic work. Its implications in the reproduction of poverty cycles, the violation of rights, and the negative effects it has on the education of boys, girls and adolescents make it an obstacle to the development of the most vulnerable population. Within this framework of dialogue and proposals, CARE in the LAC region began programmatic guidelines directed at contributing to public policies, educational models, awareness, and the establishment of local allies that would allow it to effectively take on the problem of child labor.

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Highlights In Latin America Education Programming: Girls' and Young Women's Empowerment Through Education in Bolivia

The Education and Girls Leadership –EDUMUJER project implemented by CARE Bolivia is currently implementing two major strategies: the Empowerment Strategy and Educational Strategy. Both are focused on women empowerment.

Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health
As part of the Empowerment Strategy, CARE developed actions and training sessions to incorporate aspects of human rights, democracy and citizenship into the school curricula. This component had the “largest degree of success of any of the objectives”. The Final Evaluation of 2008 clearly indicates a high level of knowledge of human and labor rights as a result of the project. A focus group of 25 women expressed the “importance of having this type of project that allows them to improve as people, and helps them feel more secure about themselves”. The women said that “by participating in the workshops they have improved their leadership skills and knowledge on gender and the promotion of women’s rights, human rights, and sexual and reproductive rights and that this knowledge allows them to make better decisions in their personal relationships and even with their partners”.

Improving linguistic abilities through the “New Writers- Nuevos Escritores” program.
CARE and a well know writer in Bolivia John Paz Soldan a consultant, developed the program “Nuevos Escritores” (New Writers) to strengthen students’ language abilities and also improve their self esteem. Students, teachers and authorities alike commended the tangible results of the program. Students mentioned that the program helped them to “develop as people.” Teachers noted a change in the students’ self esteem and confidence at school, and authorities mentioned that it was an opportunity for students to discover themselves, to recognize their talents, abilities, and knowledge, and that the initiative was a way to harness their emotions and immortalize them in a story.
The initiative culminated in a competition in which students from three of the six schools participated and with the publication of the book “Un Cuento para Cada Momento.” 6 of the 11 winners were girls and young women. One of whom, María Isabel Guachalla , has already sold the 50 books awarded to her by CARE for writing her story and now has a petition for 200 more books. As such, we are thinking about publishing a second edition.
This clearly shows that this initiative has not only improved the linguistic abilities of students, strengthening their self esteem and emotional development, but also provides concrete economic opportunities for young women.

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