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[Federal Register: March 22, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 56)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 3613]
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Request for Grant
Proposals: Civic Education Curriculum Development and Teacher Training
Project for Kyrgyzstan
SUMMARY: The Office of Global Educational Programs, Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of
State announces an open competition for the Civic Education Curriculum
Development and Teacher Training Project for Kyrgyzstan. Public and
private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in
IRS regulation 26 CFR 1.501(c) may submit proposals to cooperate with
the Bureau in the administration of a two-year project to support the
development and implementation of a new curriculum unit for a ninth
grade civic education course in Kyrgyzstan. The Bureau will award up to
$300,000 to facilitate the project. The U.S. organization will work in
coordination with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in
Bishkek; the Ministry of Education and its appointees in Kyrgyzstan;
and an advisory group of civic educators from the Institute for
Regional Studies, an NGO in Bishkek. The project will comprise three
phases of activity:
(1) Recruitment and selection of a six-member curriculum
development team of Kyrgyz educators and preliminary consultations in
Bishkek, followed by the identification by the U.S. grantee
organization of a reference collection of civic education and teacher
training materials for delivery to the curriculum development team in
Kyrgyzstan, (see the POGI for details of the recruitment and selection
(2) A 10 to 12 week U.S.-based curriculum development and teacher
training workshop, coordinated by the U.S. grantee organization, in
which the team will produce a draft curriculum unit which includes a
teacher's guide and student handbook for the ninth grade civics course;
(3) Coordination by the U.S. grantee, in collaboration with the
Ministry of Education and the local NGO partner, of testing of the
draft curriculum unit in no fewer than twelve pilot-test schools in
Kyrgyzstan; specialized training seminars for in-service and pre-
service teachers in Kyrgyzstan; and revision and publication of a
completed curriculum unit for use in follow-on activities.
Applicants may suggest, in their proposals, topics to be developed
by the curriculum team; however, final determination of appropriate
topics will be made in consultation with the curriculum development
team from Kyrgyzstan before the start of the U.S.-based curriculum-
training workshop in Phase II.
The Bureau solicits detailed proposals from U.S. educational
institutions and public and private non-profit organizations to develop
and administer this project. Grantee organizations will consult
regularly with the Bureau and with the Public Affairs Section of the
U.S. Embassy in Bishkek with regard to participant selection, program
implementation, direction and assessment. Proposals should demonstrate
an understanding of the issues confronting education in Kyrgyzstan as
well as expertise in civic education, curriculum development and
Overview: The goals of the project are to assist a team of
educators in Kyrgyzstan to develop an up-to-date curriculum unit for a
ninth grade course in civic education and to assist in training
teachers and teacher-trainers to use this unit in classrooms in
Kyrgyzstan. The rationale for this project is that improving
citizenship education at the high school level will better prepare
students in Kyrgyzstan to participate actively in building a
pluralistic, democratic society. Additionally, the Bureau expects that
the project will promote democratic relations among members of the
school community, including students, teachers, school administrators,
and parents, while training teachers to assist in supporting these
Program Planning and Implementation: Grant activities should begin
on or around September 1, 2001, with Phase I of the project, in which
the grantee will collaborate with the Institute of Regional Studies to
coordinate recruitment and selection of a six-member curriculum
development team comprised of local practitioners (classroom teachers,
teacher trainers, and curriculum specialists), and conduct a one to two
week preliminary planning trip to Bishkek for consultations.
Recruitment and selection activities should be finalized before the
Phase I consultation visit. Proposals should suggest a tentative
recruitment strategy and selection criteria for implementation by the
Institute of Regional Studies. The recruitment strategy and selection
criteria may be revised and confirmed by the U.S. grantee organization
in cooperation with the Institute and in consultation with the Public
Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy after the grant is issued.
A committee in Kyrgyzstan, which will be responsible to the
Institute of Regional Studies and the grantee organization, will
conduct final selection of the curriculum development team. The
committee will be comprised of local civic education specialists,
representatives of the U.S. grantee organization, representatives of
the local NGO partner and a representative from the Public Affairs
Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek.
During Phase I, the U.S. grantee organization will be responsible
for the collection and mailing of a reference collection of civic
education materials to the curriculum development team in advance of
the U.S.-based curriculum development workshop.
In Phase II, members of the curriculum development team will spend
approximately 10 to 12 weeks in a highly structured U.S.-based workshop
to be sponsored and organized by the U.S. grantee organization, and
will attend focused curriculum development and teaching methodology
seminars; observe relevant aspects of the U.S. educational system;
and begin drafting teacher and student materials for the ninth grade
curriculum unit in consultation with the U.S. specialists. The grantee
organization will be responsible for introducing the Kyrgyz team to
leading U.S. civic educators with expertise pertinent to the topics to
be explored, and to a broad range of relevant resources. The team
should be familiarized with methods for effectively utilizing civic
education resources in a classroom setting. The workshop schedule
should incorporate significant time for both individual and group work
on drafting materials as well as intensive training on specific
approaches to the definition of civic education topics.
In addition, the workshop should include field experiences, which
are relevant to the materials being produced (such as visits to
schools, matching the Kyrgyz educators with U.S. teachers, and mentored
attendance at professional meetings). Mentoring of the educators from
Kyrgyzstan by U.S. peer practitioners should also be a prominent
feature of the workshop.
In Phase III, the grantee organization will collaborate with the
curriculum development team, the Ministry of Education and the local
NGO partner to plan and implement a program for pilot-testing, revision
and publication of curriculum materials, and coordination of
specialized training seminars for in-service and pre-service teachers
on the use of the new curriculum unit.
During the three project phases, the Kyrgyzstan Ministry of
Education is expected to provide the following assistance to the
participants: (1) Paid leave time for the curriculum development team
during their stay in the U.S. and the subsequent in-service training
work; (2) Facilitation of the logistics of in-service training sessions
for teachers by providing appropriate space at regional teacher
Programs must comply with J-1 visa regulations and the grantee
organization will need to have authority to provide J-1 visa
sponsorship by the time grant activities begin. Please refer to
Solicitation Package for further information. Administration of the
project must be in compliance with reporting and withholding
regulations for federal, state, and local taxes as applicable.
Recipient organizations should demonstrate tax regulation adherence in
the proposal narrative and budget.
The Bureau anticipates making one award in an amount not to exceed
$300,000, to support program and administrative costs required to
implement this program. The Bureau encourages applicants to provide
maximum levels of cost sharing and funding from private sources in
support of its programs. Because the Bureau's grants to eligible
organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting
international exchange programs are limited to $60,000, these
organizations are not encouraged to apply under this competition.
Applicants must submit a comprehensive budget for the entire program.
There must be a summary budget as well as breakdowns reflecting both
administrative and program budgets. Applicants may provide separate
sub-budgets for each program component, phase, location, or activity to
provide clarification. The summary and detailed project and
administrative budgets should be accompanied by a narrative, which
provides a brief rationale for each line item. The total administrative
costs funded by the Bureau must be limited and reasonable.
Allowable costs for the program include the following:
(1) Administrative costs, including salaries and benefits, of
(2) Program costs, including general program costs and program
costs for each participant from Kyrgyzstan in the U.S. based curriculum
development seminar and the Kyrgyzstan-based pilot-testing activities.
Please refer to the Solicitation Package for complete budget guidelines
and formatting instructions.
Announcement Title and Number: All correspondence with the Bureau
concerning this RFGP should reference the above title and number ECA/A/
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Humphrey Fellowships and
Institutional Linkages Branch, Office of Global Educational Programs,
U.S. Department of State, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547,
telephone: 202-619-5289; Fax: 202-401-1433; or firstname.lastname@example.org,
to request a solicitation package. The Solicitation Package contains
detailed award criteria, required application forms, specific budget
instructions, and standard guidelines for proposal preparation. Please
specify Bureau Program Officer Marie A. Westbrook on all other
inquiries and correspondence.
Please read the complete Federal Register announcement before
sending inquiries or submitting proposals. Once the RFGP deadline has
passed, Bureau staff may not discuss this competition with applicants
until the proposal review process has been completed.
To Download a Solicitation Package Via Internet:
The entire Solicitation Package may be downloaded from the Bureau's
website at http://exchanges.state.gov/education/RFGPs. Please read all
information before downloading.
Deadline for Proposals: All proposal copies must be received by the
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs by 5 p.m. Washington, DC
time on Friday May 11, 2001. Faxed documents will not be accepted at
any time. Documents postmarked the due date but received on a later
date will not be accepted. Each applicant must ensure that the
proposals are received by the above deadline.
Applicants must follow all instructions in the Solicitation
Package. The original and eight copies of the application should be
sent to: U.S. Department of State, SA-44, Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs, Ref.: ECA/A/S/U-01-11, Program Management, ECA/EX/PM,
Room 534, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547.
Applicants must also submit the ``Executive Summary'' and
``Proposal Narrative'' sections of the proposal on a 3.5'' diskette,
formatted for DOS. These documents must be provided in ASCII text (DOS)
format with a maximum line length of 65 characters. The Bureau will
transmit these files electronically to the Public Affairs section at
the US Embassy for its review, with the goal of reducing the time it
takes to get embassy comments for the Bureau's grants review process.
Diversity, Freedom and Democracy Guidelines
Pursuant to the Bureau's authorizing legislation, programs must
maintain a non-political character and should be balanced and
representative of the diversity of American political, social, and
cultural life. ``Diversity'' should be interpreted in the broadest
sense and encompass differences including, but not limited to
ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, socio-economic
status, and physical challenges. Applicants are strongly encouraged to
adhere to the advancement of this principle both in program
administration and in program content. Please refer to the review
criteria under the 'Support for Diversity' section for specific
suggestions on incorporating diversity into the total
proposal. Public Law 104-319 provides that ``in carrying out programs
of educational and cultural exchange in countries whose people do not
fully enjoy freedom and democracy,'' the Bureau ``shall take
appropriate steps to provide opportunities for participation in such
programs to human rights and democracy leaders of such countries.''
Public Law 106-113 requires that the governments of the countries
described above do not have inappropriate influence in the selection
process. Proposals should reflect advancement of these goals in their
program contents, to the full extent deemed feasible.
The Bureau will acknowledge receipt of all proposals and will
review them for technical eligibility. Proposals will be deemed
ineligible if they do not fully adhere to the guidelines stated herein
and in the Solicitation Package. The program office, as well as the
Public Affairs Section overseas, where appropriate will review all
eligible proposals. Eligible proposals will be forwarded to panels of
Bureau officers for advisory review. Proposals may also be reviewed by
the Office of the Legal Adviser or by other Department elements. Final
funding decisions are at the discretion of the Department of State's
Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs. Final
technical authority for assistance awards (grants or cooperative
agreements) resides with the Bureau's Grants Officer.
Technically eligible applications will be competitively reviewed
according to the criteria stated below. These criteria are not rank
ordered and all carry equal weight in the proposal evaluation:
1. Quality of the program idea: Proposals should exhibit
originality, substance, precision, and relevance to the Bureau's
mission and responsiveness to the objectives and guidelines stated in
this solicitation. Proposals should demonstrate substantive expertise
in civic education and curriculum development.
2. Creativity and feasibility of program plan: A detailed agenda
and relevant work plan should demonstrate substantive undertaking,
logistical capacity, and a creative utilization of resources and
relevant professional development opportunities. The agenda and work
plan should be consistent with the program overview and guidelines
described in this solicitation.
3. Ability to achieve project objectives: Objectives should be
reasonable, feasible, and flexible. Proposals should clearly
demonstrate how the institution will meet the program's objectives and
4. Support of Diversity: Proposals should demonstrate substantive
support of the Bureau's policy on diversity. Achievable and relevant
features should be cited in both program administration (selection of
participants, program venue and program evaluation) and program content
(orientation and wrap-up sessions, program meetings, resource materials
and follow-up activities). The proposal should demonstrate an
understanding of the specific diversity needs in Kyrgyzstan and
strategies for addressing these needs in terms of the project goals.
5. Institutional capacity and record: Proposed personnel and
institutional resources should be adequate and appropriate to achieve
the goals of the project. Proposals should demonstrate an institutional
record of successful exchange programs, including responsible fiscal
management and full compliance with all reporting requirements for past
Bureau grants as determined by the grants staff. The Bureau will
consider the past performance of prior recipients and the demonstrated
potential of new applicants.
6. Project Evaluation: Proposals should include a plan to evaluate
the activity's success, both as the activities unfold and at the end of
the program. A draft survey questionnaire or other technique plus
description of a methodology to use to link outcomes to original
project objectives are recommended. Successful applicants will be
expected to submit intermediate program and financial reports after
each project component is concluded or quarterly, whichever is less
7. Follow-on Activities: Proposals should provide a plan for
continued follow-on activity (without Bureau support), which ensures
that Bureau supported programs are not isolated events.
8. Cost-effectiveness: The overhead and administrative components
of the proposal, including salaries and honoraria, should be kept as
low as possible. All other items should be necessary and appropriate
and should reflect a commitment to pursuing project objectives.
Proposals should maximize cost sharing through other private sector
support as well as institutional direct funding contributions.
Overall grant making authority for this program is contained in the
Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, Public Law 87-
256, as amended, also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act. The purpose of
the Act is ``to enable the Government of the United States to increase
mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the
people of other countries * * *; to strengthen the ties which unite us
with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural
interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United
States and other nations * * * and thus to assist in the development of
friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States
and the other countries of the world.'' The funding authority for the
program above is provided through the Freedom for Russia and Emerging
Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1993 (Freedom
Support Act). Programs and projects must conform to Bureau requirements
and guidelines outlined in the Solicitation Package. Bureau projects
and programs are subject to the availability of funds.
The terms and conditions published in this RFGP are binding and may
not be modified by any Bureau representative. Explanatory information
provided by the Bureau that contradicts published language will not be
binding. Issuance of the RFGP does not constitute an award commitment
on the part of the Government. The Bureau reserves the right to reduce,
revise, or increase proposal budgets in accordance with the needs of
the program and the availability of funds. Awards made will be subject
to periodic reporting and evaluation requirements.
Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by
Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures.
Dated: March 16, 2001.
Helena Kane Finn,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S.
Department of State.
[FR Doc. 01-7161 Filed 3-21-01; 8:45 am]
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