ERIC Number: ED466538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Expanding Public/Private Partnerships For Improving Basic Education through School Sponsorship in the Dominican Republic. Final Report. Basic Education and Policy Support Activity.
Craig, Patricia; Kane, Michael
The Basic Education and Policy Support Activity (BEPS), a new five-year initiative sponsored by United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Center for Human Capacity Development, is designed to improve the quality, effectiveness, and access to formal and nonformal basic education. BEPS operates through both core funds and buy-ins to provide both short- and long-term assistance to missions and regional bureaus. BEPS focuses on several program areas: basic education; educational policy analysis and reform; restorative and additive educational work in countries in crisis; and alleviation of abusive child labor. USAID/Dominican Republic is seeking to address the dual need for non-governmental resources and increased civil society involvement in improving basic education. It wishes to launch a three year project to replicate a model of school sponsorship, pioneered by the Falconbridge mining company, in other provinces where private sector interest supports educational improvement. This report offers an outline of the organizational structure that a public/private partnership could take to achieve a sponsorship program, offering a picture of who the partners are, what their roles and responsibilities would be, and what the likely costs to USAID would be. The report is divided into five parts: (1) "Introduction" (Questions Guiding the Investigation; Field Work; Structure of This Report); (2) "Central Themes of Interviews" (Lack of Trust in the Overall Environment; Institutional and Organizational Concerns about a School Sponsorship Program; Widely Differing Views on the Likelihood of Business Support for a Program); (3) "Considerations for the School Sponsorship Program" (Key Assumptions; Program Structure; Role of the Board; Executive Director; Responsibilities for Members; Staff); (4) "Recommendations"; and (5) "Costs." A list of interviewees is appended. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Center for Human Capacity Development.
Authoring Institution: Creative Associates International, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Dominican Republic