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The School Dropout Prevention Pilot (SDPP) program is a three-year multi-country program, funded by USAID, aimed at mitigating school dropout in primary and secondary school. It designs, implements and assesses the impact of interventions to prevent school dropout in four countries—Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste–to generate evidence for interventions that can be used by USAID and ministries of education to decrease dropout levels and address dropout-related behaviors that put students at risk.

In India, SDPP activities are focused on dropout prevention in Grade 5, the grade with the highest regional dropout rate, in the state of Bihar, a state with one of the highest dropout rates in the country. In July 2012, the project enlisted the combined assistance of school administrators, teachers, parents, and other local authorities to introduce two school-based interventions–an Early Warning System and Recreation/Enrichment Activities—in 113 treatment schools. The SDPP Program is implemented in India through a partnership between the Ministry of Education, Creative Associates International and local partner, Institute for Development Education and Learning (IDEAL). In February 2013, SDPP celebrated the school-based activities with Bihar Ministry of Education representatives, school personnel, students, parents and community members.


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SDPP staff and local community members decorated the grounds to welcome guests. Here, USAID/Washington Senior Education Development Officer Rebecca Adams admires the photo montage display of program activities.