Areas of Expertise
Curriculum and Instructional Systems Design in Developing Countries
AIR helps developing countries’ Ministries of Education design curricula that reflect the educational goals and objectives of each country for its citizens, usually by content focus and grade level. AIR works with stakeholders to identify their needs, design a program to develop instructional materials, provide different models and technical support, and involve the users in the development process.
USAID/Zambia's CHANGES2 Program was a major education support activity in the Zambian Ministry of Education (MOE). CHANGES2 strengthened teachers’ classroom pedagogical and leadership skills with a special focus on school health and nutrition, as well as HIV and AIDS prevention and mitigation.
The Primary School Support Program: A School Fees Pilot (PSSP:SFP) was a three-year project funded by USAID/Malawi and the Government of Malawi to improve the quality of education in Dowa District. PSSP:SFP also had a mandate from the U.S. Congress to develop and pilot strategies that reduce the cost of schooling for Malawi’s most vulnerable children.
Project EXCELENCIA is a USAID-funded project that works under the EQUIP1 mechanism and focuses on strengthening the quality of education at the primary school level in Nicaragua. This AIR-led project focuses on expanding on a national scale a successful educational model utilizing active teaching, community participation, and reformed curriculum with an emphasis on the educational needs of indigenous people and ethnic communities.