Academy for Educational Development
The Academy for Educational Development or AED, a non-profit organization is a society for flourishing societies. Founded in 1961 by Sidney Tickton and Alvin Eurich, it aims to develop many areas including health, economic, civil society, and education. It operates together with national and local partners and beneficiaries and donors in order to promote results that are sustainable through comprehensive and cost-efficient approaches. As a member of the US Global Leadership Coalition, the organization strives to face economic as well as social challenges.
There are 5 major areas that surrounds AED. These areas are:
- Nutrition, Population, and Global Health
- Institutional Development and Leadership
- Global Learning
- Workforce and US Education Development
- Social Change
The organization earns it success through its different core values. It helps people with passion, respect, results integrity, innovation, diversity, and excellence.
The organization operates over two hundred fifty programs within the United States and in over a hundred and fifty countries worldwide. Currently, the organization also focuses on three extensive areas including compositional diversity, organizational diversity and inclusion, diversity and cultural competence.
The Academy for Educational Development is strongly supported by many dedicated individuals, organizations, corporations, government agencies, and multilateral agencies. What enables the academy to respond to its needs, grow fresh strategies, and discover new discoveries and technologies are unlimited funds from every donor. Some of the many coalitions and associations include American Red Cross, CDC Foundation, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and Engender Health. Examples of corporations include Coca-Cola, Chevron Texaco, IBM, and many more. Some multilateral agencies include The World Bank, UNICEF, Asian Development Bank, WHO, and Inter-American Development Bank.
The AED is based in Washington, DC and has hundreds of centers all over the world. It is run by Gregory R. Niblett, its CEO and president. Currently all AED programs are transferred to FHI 360.
The mission of the Academy for Educational Development is to create a big and positive difference in the lives of many through collaboration in order to offer and apply innovative methods to economic and social problems. It aims to have a world where everyone can have the chance to make use of their capacities and make great contributions for the well being of their society, family, country, and world.
Driven by strong personal commitment, the organization aims to make a big difference to the lives the needy or underprivileged. It respects people and their culture with whom it collaborates with. Along with beneficiaries and donors, AED aims to reach measurable goals and hand in solutions that are sustainable enough and can meet the needs for development. It also strives for accountability and transparency and high ethical standards without any political influence. Quality is the backbone for the success of the organization.
The global organization reflects the world's diversity. It respects the uniqueness of every individual and aims to make an environment that is inclusive wherein employees can work well by realizing their capabilities in life. Furthermore, as part of its wide ranging mission, AED aims to improve work competence regardless of differences between peoples.
AED works to cultivate a workplace by promoting understanding and acceptance of differences regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, culture, ethnicity, age, religion, and other diversities. Thus, it works efficiently and continuously across cultures. Moreover, it aims to offer education, resources, and training to all of its staff and members in order to improve competence towards working with different people.
Ever since it was founded, AED has also functioned to improvise decision making for workforce development and educational reform. It works in all educational system levels while focusing on the achievement of students and preparation of teachers.
Sidney Tickton and Alvin Eurich are the two people responsible for establishing the Academy for Education Development also known as AED. Established in 1961, the organization focused on offering technical assistance associated to managing higher education in the USA. A few years after its foundation it expanded its scope and included education reform, instructional technology, and support of civil society in America and the world. Ever since it was created, AED has transformed into a leading organization for social and human development.
From the smallest areas to larger cities around the globe, AED has been building local capabilities to strengthen education, economic opportunities, leadership capacities, and health care. The organization's very first assignment in 1961 involved studying the system if higher education in Kansas. Since then it has approached its mission in education as a way of catering to societies needs.
By 1968, AED showcased its programs to El Salvador for the evaluation of instructional technology. Its very first global project was the El Salvador Instructional TV. That was the beginning of many more great programs. During the late seventies, it launched it very first initiative for behavior change. At that time, public health practices for treating diarrheal diseases were a failure. Thus, AED strived to focus on the behavior of mothers as the answer, providing them skills and knowledge in administering oral rehydration therapy. They used mass media to reach thousands of affected families.
In 1987, AED expanded its scope and applied lessons on changing the behaviors of health towards AIDS through a USAID funded program known as AIDSCOM. In 1991, the lessons that AED has learned through the years from different countries were applied to the United States. It started collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to help the spread of AIDS. Today, thanks to the wonderful efforts for advancing knowledge, many people have benefited from AED's undying goals.
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