Nicaragua, Basic Education I and II Projects (USAID), 1994-2003

Referring to the network of 170 model schools–mostly rural and multi-grade–a recent external evaluation of the BASE II Project stated, “. . . several of the schools were so good they serve not only as national, but also international models of what a good primary school should look like.” Encouraging parent and community involvement in their schools is one of the principles of this approach to improving Nicaraguan education. A mother of 13 children reported, “I help the teacher with the third graders. I help the children learn to multiply and divide. I really like it. I want to be a teacher.” The Minister of Education intends to expand the model school program nationwide.

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