OC2: CSOs working at national level

Education Out Loud provides grants to civil society organizations working on improving transparency and effectiveness of national education policies under Operational Component 2. 

Operational Component 2 (OC2) aims to strengthen civil society roles in promoting the transparency and accountability of the national education sector policy and implementation, and will provide funding for projects with activities seeking to:

  • improve the transparency, participation, and accountability of education sector policy dialogue;
  • increase the availability, sources and variety of information to formulate and act on relevant policy solutions;
  • mobilize citizens as right holders to play an active role in monitoring implementation of education policies and finance and use this information to hold duty bearers at all levels accountable

Year Zero grants

Before full implementation grants were granted by Education Out Loud to a number of successful applicants, 20 organizations were chosen under Operational Component 2 to undergo the Year Zero process. Year Zero is part of the Education Out Loud learning agenda and functions as a developmental pathway for the candidates. Over a duration of six months, the candidates are provided with support to build organizational capacity and develop a sound theory of change and learning plan. The six-month period provides Year Zero candidates with a strong foundation, equipping them to develop their final full project proposals. Additionally, the period gives the candidates a chance to test their approaches and initiate relation-building with key actors. Read more about the first 10 and the last 10 organizations chosen to undergo the Year Zero process. 

Full implementation grants

Discover more about the consortia which have received full implementation grants under Operational Component 2 by clicking on the projects below.

1. Educate HER: Promoting Gender Equity and Equality in Education

Country: Liberia

Implementing organisationsHelping Our People Excel (HOPE) (lead organisation), CareFound-Liberia, and Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI).

The project: The Educate HER project, funded under Education Out Loud, aims to promote gender equity and equality in education in Liberia. Despite the National Policy on Girls’ Education in Liberia, implementation of the policy is lagging behind. With the project, the alliance works to ensure the effective implementation of the National Policy on Girls’ Education in all 15 counties of Liberia by 2023. Specifically, the project focuses on addressing the key barriers to girls’ attendance, retention, and completion in secondary schools. The goal is to ensure girls’ rights and access to secondary school education in Liberia, and advocate to address barriers for girls’ education.

The consortium: HOPE, CareFound-Liberia and PAYOWI are all national-level, women-led organisations with experience in advocacy, education, policy development, and gender mainstreaming. HOPE’s vision is to ensure empowerment of women and children in Liberia and especially works with sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls as well as education and leadership development opportunities for children and youth. CareFound-Liberia was established to advance the rights of women and adolescent girls through holistic education, health, gender, and economic empowerment programs. Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI) is dedicated to advancing the rights of adolescent girls and young women with a mission to uplift adolescent girls and young women by providing financial aid and scholarships, advocating for their rights, as well as provide trainings and promote awareness.

2. Intra/inter-culturality, Multilingualism, and de-patriarchialisation of education policies

Country: Bolivia

Implementing organisationsFundación Privada de Fieles CENTRO DE MULTISERVICIOUS EDUCATIVOS (CEMSE) (lead organisation) and Fundación Acción Cultural Loyola (ACLO).

The project: The project, funded by Education Out Loud, focuses on advancing interculturality, intraculturality, multilingualism and de-patriarchialisation of educational policies in the regular education subsystem in three regions in Bolivia in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although Bolivia has recently made efforts to eliminate social stigmitisation based on ethnicity, culture, and gender in the education system, further efforts are needed to ensure the implementation of the new policies. The aim of this project is to expand capacities and ensure the participation of social organisations and key actors in planning, monitoring, and evidence gathering so that intracultural, intercultural, plurilingual, and depatricharchialisation education policies can be successfully implemented in Bolivia.

The consortium: CEMSE works to improve the quality of education and has experience working in close collaboration with educational communities in the public system. The organisation has a special focus on working with poor communities and promotes human development amongst Bolivia’s most vulnerable populations. ACLO has experience working on education and capacity building with farming communities and indigenous peoples and works for sustainable social change in the Bolivian context – especially in the field of education.

3. MultiplY-Ed: Youth-led, Multi-sectoral and Multi-level approach to monitoring education in the time of COVID19

Country: Philippines

Implementing organisationsThe Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking, Inc. (CYAN) (lead organisation) and Government Watch (G-Watch)

The project: The MultiplY-Ed project, funded under Education Out Loud, aims to contribute to making education service delivery at the senior high school level resilient, responsive, and accountable. The project works to ensure responsiveness and resiliency to the changing needs of students and education stakeholders, especially of the most marginalized youth. Additionally, it aims to ensure accountability by establishing a youth-led, multisectoral, and multi-level approach to monitoring the Philippine government’s Learning Continuity Plan. The Covid-19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities in Philippine education, and this project works to ensure continuous access and quality education for senior high school students in the post-pandemic context.

The consortium: CYAN is a youth-led, youth-serving non-governmental organisation that envisions a community where young people are empowered and able to affect societal change towards a truly just and democratic society. The organisation works to build platforms for young people’s empowerment, meaningful participation, and youth agenda-development. Additionally, it provides capacity building and technical assistance to youth organisations and promotes partnerships and networking to help them inform and influence policies. G-Watch has undertaken several pioneering works on social accountability and citizen monitoring and works to build capacity of citizen-monitors to enable them to check the delivery of public services. Additionally, the organisation uses research to provide an effective intellectual and civic bridge between the local, national, and global arenas in the field of transparency, participation and accountability, promoting multi-directional dialogues to inform theory and practice.

4. Reframing Education Accountability in Pakistan (REAP)

Country: Pakistan

Implementing organisationsInstitute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) (lead organisation) and Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP)

The project: The project, funded under Education Out Loud, aims to strengthen the capacities and procedural participation of civil society in promoting contextualized policy solutions and multi-level accountability of education policies, plans, and financing for a robust education system in Pakistan. In Pakistan, there is limited participation of rights holders and civil society organisations to challenge accountability and transparency in the education sector. This project works to use education data to generate insights on key education challenges, build civil society’s capacities, and hence improve procedural accountability and policy influencing. The goal is to achieve enhanced civil society participation for a strengthened, inclusive, and resilient education system in Pakistan.

The consortium: Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) is a policy research and advocacy institute working across Pakistan. Its mission is to create an effective interface between state, market, civil society, and rights holders for inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development. The organisation has experience in providing technical assistance for education reforms, sectoral planning and financing, as well as in procedural policy engagement for institutionalizing contextualized policy solutions to improve education governance. Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP) is a non-governmental research and advocacy organisation working to support citizens and civil society to secure their legally enforceable rights and to improve transparency and accountability by engaging governance and market institutions in a procedural interface. The organisation has experience managing projects and programs focusing on CSO-led demand articulation and advocacy, and participatory local governance.

5. SCORE – CSO Citizen Monitoring of Education Transparency and Accountability

Country: Madagascar

Implementing organisationsMSIS-Tatao (lead organisation), Ravintsara, MonEPT, and Dinika sy Rindra ho an'ny Vehivavy (DRV)

The project: The project, funded by Education Out Loud, aims to improve the quality of basic education services provided in public schools through the better use and allocation of resources, as well as the reduction of corruption and misappropriation in the education sector. Madagascar is challenged by a high number of children out of school, and this project aims to address the multiple challenges causing this as well as generally improve transparency and accountability of basic education services in the country. The SCORE project focuses on supporting local CSOs and conducts interventions in 6 regions in Madagascar.

The consortium: MSIS-Tatao has experience managing projects centered around citizen participation and transparency, monitoring of State performance, and inclusive and peaceful governance. Ravintsara is experienced in observation, monitoring, lobbying, and advocacy in the areas of citizen monitoring, corruption in public services, and election observation. MonEPT is a platform that brings together different organisations working on monitoring, and quality and inclusive education in Madagascar. Lastly, DRV is a platform mobilizing NGOs and Associations for the advancement of women in Madagascar specialized in the promotion of gender equality.