DOT-COM Activity: Macedonia for EWoRLD (Education and Workforce Learning Development Program)
Short Description: This project prepares Macedonian youth for employment through ICT -informed education programs and improves the quality and relevance of instruction at the primary and secondary school levels.
Phase/Type of Activity: Signed Award Status: Active
Start date: August 01, 2003 End Date: September 30, 2007
Person(s) to contact
Sonia Arias , Project Director
Education Development Center Email: Tel: 202-572-3700
Full Description: This project prepares Macedonian youth for employment through ICT -informed education programs and improves the quality and relevance of instruction at the primary and secondary school levels. A key focus of the activity is to assist the Macedonian government in creating an environment among primary schools that fosters students' comfort and facility with ICTs, installing hardware and software to support reform in the secondary schools, and raising public awareness of the value and importance of the Internet and other ICTs.
Update 1 (as of June 2004):
Several collaborations are being discussed with FOSIM and SEA (also USAID funded activities in Macedonia) to publish a joint USAID Education newsletter to convey the status of various programs to donors, international organizations, Macedonian Government stakeholders, and the entire universe of secondary and primary schools. Since then, partnerships have been finalized and additional funding is in the process of being secured. Furthermore, dot-EDU staff continues development of a database to assist the E-school.mk project in creating an installation tender. This database will systematically process all surveys / locations so that the four companies serving four different regions can receive individual location data and regional cumulative installation data that will ultimately result with an effective project oversight. A second database is also being compiled of all primary and secondary schools in Macedonia. It will contain all relevant data of each school to support program implementation. Thirdly, a contact database was created with of 700 relevant entities in education (schools, ministries, ministry sectors, IT companies, NGOs, donors, and other international organizations). Through this database the dot-EDU team will effectively deliver information, communication, newsletters and other relevant materials.
Update 2 (July-Sept. 2005)
dot-EDU undertook significant work to finalize plans for a considerable expansion of project activities to include rolling out technology to the overwhelming majority of Macedonian primary schools as well as to collaborate with another ICT project (Macedonia Connects) implemented by dot-ORG that will help connect all Macedonian schools to the Internet.
Update 3 (January-March 2005):
Teacher training for basic IT skills took place. Technical assessments of the primary schools also started. Training in facilitation skills also started.
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.