A $90 million contract to build up the Iraqi national
education bureaucracy has been awarded to the Washington, D.C.-based firm Creative
Associates International, which likewise will be tasked with the standardization of teacher
training systems across that nation. As
U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor reported earlier this year (April 16, 2012), the U.S.
Agency for International Development launched the Arabic-themed USAID/Ajyal (“generations”)
bring about “systems improvements to deliver quality instruction and safe
learning environments.” The program will pay special attention to “expanding
educational opportunities for girls, and other vulnerable populations and
minorities so that they might enjoy higher engagement and retention.”
With $83 million in Indonesian education projects, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is looking to hire a local citizen as an Education Specialist to assist in these initiatives.The local-hire only position, which requires prior teaching experience and/or a college degree, entails information dissemination responsiblities to promote USAID as well as to offer consultation to U.S. government employees, Indonesian officials, and NGO personnel involved in USAID education activities.
The program is separate from Phase II of another U.S.-funded endeavor known as the Program to Extend Scholarships
and Training to Achieve Sustainable Impacts, or PRESTASI II, which will enable
about 100 “emerging Indonesian leaders” to pursue advanced degrees and
other training (See: Foreigners Awarded Obama Scholarships; PatriotUpdate.com, Sept. 8, 2012).
Indonesian citizens will continue to pursue masters and Ph.D.
programs courtesy of U.S. taxpayers—and even though students primarily
will study in U.S. universities, the Obama administration awarded a
contract to an Indonesian organization to coordinate this endeavor.
The second phase of what is known as the Program to Extend
Scholarships and Training to Achieve Sustainable Impacts, or PRESTASI
II, will enable about 100 “emerging Indonesian leaders” to pursue
advanced degrees and other training.
Five-and-a-half million textbooks destined for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders in Ethiopia are being provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which today revealed that it awarded a $5.9 million contract to a South African company for the material. Kadimah Education, an affiliate of the Cape Town-based Kadimah Trading Corporation, within 90 days must deliver the books -- whose covers and inside jackets are to be adorned with the Ethiopian flag as well as the logos of USAID and AAMU (Alabama A&M University). AAMU in 2009 received a separate $13 million grant for an Ethiopian literacy project, which the university touted at the time as "part of USAID's broader $600 million Africa Education Initiative."
The Obama administration is rolling out a $1 billion supplementary package of literary and education programs over the next five years—and nations all around the globe, except the United States, are potentially eligible for those funds, The Revered Review had discovered.
Bipartisan donor gets latest contract for facilities, computers, furniture
By Steve Peacock
The Obama administration’s solution to public school budget cuts and classroom overcrowding? Infuse millions of extra federal dollars into constructing modern facilities and renovating old ones, while deploying additional computer equipment – and new furniture – in schools nationwide
Nationwide, that is, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
A generous multinational political donor – one that straddles the partisan fence, showering both parties with millions – secured the contract for the latest phase of the project.
MWH Americas, Inc., on Sunday, July 8 received the $30 million award, #AID-278-C-12-00002, from the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is overseeing multiple endeavors benefiting the Government of Jordan, particularly the Jordanian Ministry of Education, or MOE.
Though the company’s entry into the initiative is recent, this particular U.S. effort in modernizing the Jordanian school system had begun under President George W. Bush. The administration had scheduled the attainment of some program objectives beyond Bush’s second term in office.
The White House under Barack Obama, however, has stepped up the program, offering greater financial resources to the Middle Eastern nation in order to bring those plans to fruition. USAID continues those prior engineering and design efforts, linking them to the latest planning, construction and technological/material support initiatives.
MWH has combined its political and financial influence through a political action committee jointly operated with corporate affiliate mCapitol Management, whose president, Gary J. LaPaille, once was Illinois Democratic Party chairman and vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
LaPaille has publicly acknowledged that the Obama-Illinois connection has benefited his firm, a consequence, according to The Hill newspaper, of Obama’s “aggressive legislative agenda.”
“It doesn’t hurt to be someone who is from Chicago or Illinois,” LaPaille in 2009 was quoted telling The Hill. “I don’t market it like that, but there aren’t that many of us out there.”
The mCapitol Management/MWH Americas PAC over the past 15 years has bestowed direct financial support upon Republicans and Democrats alike. Similarly, the PAC’s donations to other committees have helped fill the coffers of groups and individuals spanning the liberal-conservative spectrum.
For example, the mCapitol/MWH PAC gave $110,250 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee between 1997 and 2011, according to Federal Election Commission records. On a similar scale, the PAC donated $51,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and $49,000 to DNC Services Corporation/Democratic National Committee around that same period.
Just two donations to then-Sen. Obama, D-Ill., are on record, a pair of $5,000 checks in 2004 cut to the future president on May 19 and Sept. 20, respectively. However, the Obama Senate campaign on Oct. 11 of that year returned one of those checks to the mCapitol/MWH PAC for reasons unstated in the FEC filing.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has received nearly as much as its Democratic counterpart committee from the PAC, but in less time, gaining $110,000 from 2004-2011. The National Republican Congressional Committee likewise got $110,000.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., got $20,000 from 1998-2011. House Speaker John Boehner received a little more than half that amount – $11,000 – in about half the time (2006-2011)
In the most recent quarter of the 2010-2011 election cycle, the PAC’s bipartisan beneficence was equally reflected.
For instance, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., – whom the National Organization for Women once unsuccessfully endorsed to become Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services – received $2,500 from mCapitol/MWH.
The campaign contribution came in along a flurry of other donations from multiple sources to Stabenow, whose counterattack of former Michigan Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra reportedly led to record-breaking fundraising numbers for the incumbent senator.
Hoekstra had come under fire from liberal groups for airing a Super Bowl ad featuring an Asian actress with a fake but mild accent, who thanked Debbie “Spend-It-Now” for contributing to the flight of jobs and capital to China.
The PAC that same quarter gave $10,000 to the Democratic Governors Association, then turned around and gave $15,000 to the Republican National Committee.
Transfers from mCapitol/MWH to others PACs – and the subsequent financial support those secondary sources provided – again straddled the partisan fence.
MWH, for example, directly gave Hillary Clinton $21,000 in contributions prior to her becoming Secretary of State, while both before and after that appointment MWH gave $26,000 to the Searchlight Leadership Fund (2004-2011).
Searchlight, in turn, also gave Clinton a total of $21,000 between her 1998 senatorial campaign and her 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. Searchlight also separately doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars in total donations to numerous other liberal icons including Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., – the House’s first openly lesbian representative – and Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the House socialist.
Conversely, the mCapitol/MWH PAC donated $15,000 to the Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC (2006-2012), which in turn gave $28,500 to the Republican National Committee (2009-2011).
MWH now will carry out the Jordan School Construction and Rehabilitation Program II. Under JSP II, the company will provide additional engineering and design functions as well as construction services.
The Jordan MOE consequently will gain 25 new schools while having 100 other educational facilities improved.
In addition to satisfying the U.S. policy objective of reducing overcrowding in Jordanian schools, MWH likewise will factor into its design plans modern environmental standards.
Those “green” issues include those involving appropriate acoustic standards, optimal light conditions, climate features such as ventilation and solar radiation, and even color – from both an environmental/psychological and maintenance point of view, according to Request for Proposals in JSP II.
JSP I will provide technology and furniture to Jordan. MWH is not involved in that procurement.
JSP I also will prove to be a classroom electronics boon for the Jordanians. According to a revised RFP, this project segment entails: 842 student computers, 355 teacher computers, 140 student laptops, 539 teacher laptops, 131 interactive white boards with projectors, and 252 microscopes – not to mention dozens of stoves, refrigerators, hot plates and cleaning machines.
Recipient schools that the agency identified are:
Saed Bin Abi Wakas Basic Boys School
Hay Aj-Janobi Basic Boys School
Madaba Basic Co. School,
Jabal Tareq Basic Boys School
Ezz Ad-Dien Qassam Basic Co. School
Um Qsir Basic Boys School
Sahab Basic Boys School
Shajarat Ad Dur Basic Co. School
Abdel Muneam Reyadh Basic Boys School
Dahiet Ameer Hassan Basic Co. School
Al Qadesiah Sec. Girls School
Al Qadesiah Sec. Co. School
Safeiah Basic Co. School.
USAID has not disclosed the estimated value of JSP I.
This article originally was published via WND.com on July 11, 2012. Under agreement with WND, rights have reverted back to the author, Steve Peacock.
The U.S. government is embarking upon an audit of over 35,000 public schools in order to assess the extent of educational technology deployment—the extent of deployment, that is, in schools across The Philippines.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday announced that it awarded a $280,000 contract to carry out the project, formally known as “Understanding the State of the Art of Information and Communications Technology for Education (ICT4E) in the Philippines – An Assessment.”
Romulo also serves on the board of McClarty Associates, an international consulting firm founded by Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, III, former White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton. John D. Negroponte, former U.S. ambassador to The Philippines, currently is the firm's vice chairman.
The two-fold project will perform an:
Inventory of current and ongoing ICT4E projects in basic education
A USAID solicitation document (#SOL-492-12-000011) explained that the rationale behind the study:
is to provide USAID/Philippines and DepED with the information necessary to apply lessons learned from the implementation of ICT4E programs in schools, especially with regard to how these programs help improve the quality of education.
The specific aim of the study is to determine "factors that may have accounted for successful and unsuccessful programs," as well as to identify "institutional barriers or opportunities for replication or expansion" of such computerization and connectivity programs.