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Academy for Educational Development

The 1990 election of Dona Violeta Barrios de Chamorro as President of Nicaragua marked the end of the Sandinista era and the return of U.S. foreign assistance the following year. Education was prominent in the U.S. assistance package. Since early 1994, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Nicaragua has funded a long-term effort to improve the quality of primary education in Nicaragua. That effort is called the Nicaragua Basic Education Project (BASE). The purpose of this publication is to describe the BASE Project, explain how the BASE interventions work, review what the Project has accomplished, and offer suggestions and recommendations for development practitioners based on the BASE experience. Appended are: (1) Nicaragua School Classifications; (2) BASE Project Summary; (3) A Replication Checklist; and (4) Notes for Practitioners: A Conversation with Oscar Mogollon. Individual chapters contain endnotes. (Contains 11 tables.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Financial Support, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Rural Schools, Urban Schools, Active Learning, Democracy, Community Involvement

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Autor: Edgerton, David C.


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