ERIC Number: ED464734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Strong Beginnings: Learning To Live.
Save the Children, Westport, CT.
The Strong Beginnings program, initiated by the Save the Children Fund in 1991, supports community-based activities in 20 countries aimed at reconstructing educational systems in developing countries. This report presents the vision of the Strong Beginnings program, describes its components, and describes the continuing challenge to improve access to quality basic education. The opening letter of the director of education at Save the Children emphasizes the contributions of Strong Beginnings to the goal of improving access to quality basic education. The report then delineates the current obstacles to basic education for children in developing nations and describes each of the four program components of Strong Beginnings: (1) early childhood development; (2) primary education; (3) youth development; and (4) adult literacy. Brief descriptions of these program components in various countries illustrate their design as community-based, child-centered, culturally appropriate, affordable, accessible, and sustainable. The village school model is described as Strong Beginnings' flagship approach to quality basic education in high poverty areas. Findings from these village schools illustrate their positive impact on student achievement. A map then details the location of Save the Children sites around the world. The report concludes with statistics highlighting the continued lack of quality basic education in areas of high poverty in developing nations and a request for monetary assistance for the Strong Beginnings program. (KB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Child Development, Community Development, Developing Nations, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Models, Nongovernmental Organizations, Program Descriptions, Young Children, Youth Programs
Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880. Tel: 203-221-4130; Fax: 203-226-6709; Web site: http://www.savethechildren.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Save the Children, Westport, CT.