The Basic Education Coalition (BEC), the leading coalition of U.S.-based organizations advocating for effective U.S. programs and policies in global basic education, is pleased to welcome four new members including SBAIC member Juárez & Associates, Inc. (J&A). BEC believes that basic education is essential to long-term poverty reduction, and is one of the most cost-effective proven solutions in global development. BEC’s 19 members have decades of experience working in over 100 countries with families, communities and governments to expand equitable access to quality basic education. J&A, a minority-owned small business, has been providing services to USAID Field Missions and Washington Bureaus since 1973. J&A has worked in basic education for over 20 years, designing, managing, implementing, and evaluating education projects in developing countries around the world, including Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Jamaica, India, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Pakistan and South Africa.  The organization is currently implementing USAID’s Guatemala Educational Reform in the Classroom project and the Jamaica Basic Education project.