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Tess Bissell

This Week at CEI:

Early Learning Toolkit - Now Also in French - Brings Its Latest Workshop to Senegal
Mel Bailey

Key players in childhood education came together for the first time in West Africa to speak about innovations and new strategies in early stage learning. The conference brought to light some of the challenges facing infantile development in the region and proposed solutions to these problems.Though the goal of the workshop was to highlight the strategies proposed in the Early Learning Toolkit, much of the conference was devoted to identifying country-specific issues found in child learning and understanding how some proposed strategies could be seen as controversial depending on the traditions of that country.

“The most precious infrastructure you could ever buy”: 5 Innovative Programs Investing in Mothers
Tess Bissell

At May’s Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim linked women’s health, education, and empowerment to combating problems such as child stunting, helping nations compete in an increasingly digital world, and ultimately ending global poverty. He argued that the most important infrastructure for nations to invest in is not suspension bridges or solar energy, but rather “gray matter infrastructure...and it starts with a healthy girl”. Five teams of innovators, all profiled on CEI’s Program Database, are targeting their interventions towards those that play the largest role in most children's lives, their mothers.

Upcoming Events:

Youth Mental Wellbeing for Successful Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
August 3, 2016
New York City, USA

The International Brain Education Association (IBREA) Foundation and Brain World magazine are hosting this multi-stakeholder event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for UN representatives, non-profits, media organizations, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, educators, mental health professionals, academics, and youth activists from around the world to meet and deliberate on what can be done to support the mental well-being of youth internationally, and how this support is critical to the success of the SDGs. Learn more and register here.

7th Annual G(irls)20 Summit
August 8-9, 2016
Beijing, China

Designed G20 style, the G(irls)20 Summit brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region. During the summit, delegates will attend skills building workshops (entrepreneurship, financial preparedness, communications, digital literacy, and leadership), participate in panel discussion with local and global experts, and then produce a communiqué with tangible, scalable solutions. The G(irls)20 Summit aims to invest in their delegates in a way that encourages them to return to their communities and find a way to economically empower girls and women at home. Learn more about this exciting convening here!

International Education Association of South Africa 2016 Global Conference
August 22-24, 2016
Kruger National Park, South Africa

The International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) was established as a result of the need for universities of technology in South Africa to respond to international educational trends. The Global Conference on Higher Education Internationalisation, which takes place every four years, offers networking and training opportunities to international educators, with the aim of helping South African university graduates remain competitive within the global economic environment. Registration closes July 30th. Learn more here.

Funding Opportunities:

Grants to Israel Nonprofits for Grassroots Projects that Empower Women
Deadline: August 8, 2016
Grants of up to €25,000 to Israel nonprofit organizations for projects that address gender equality and improve the situation of women in various areas. Priority will go to hands-on projects that will directly benefit and improve the lives of specific communities. Learn more here.

The RGK Foundation Grant Program
Deadline: September 16, 2016
The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and health/medicine.
The Foundation's primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions are eligible to apply. Learn more and apply here.

Global Education News:

Turkey coup: Purge widens to education sector

More than 15,000 education staff in Turkey have been suspended after last week’s failed coup. 1,500 university deans were ordered to resign and 21,000 teachers at private institutions have had their licenses revoked. The Ministry of Education has accused these educators of being linked to Fethullah Gulen, who the government says was behind the recent uprisings. The education sector is the latest target in Turkey’s purge of state officials, which has also affected the army, judiciary, security, and civil service. Read more here.

Algeria argues over teaching in French

In Algeria, a debate over plans to switch teaching of some secondary school courses to the French language is raising arguments about the country’s cultural identity. Although Arabic is the official language of Algeria, universities still teach science courses in French, more than 50 years after independence. Proponents believe that the shift will help students make a smoother transition to university and decrease first year dropout rates. However, opponents of switching instruction to French have criticized this “divorce from identity” which would disconnect young people from their cultural roots. This linguistic controversy highlights the politics of education access and stirs up big questions about the relationship between Algeria and France, the former colonial power. Learn more here.

The U.N.’s Rundown Of Some Of The World’s Biggest Problems

The U.N. Economic and Social Council released its first report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this past week. The SDGs are 17 global goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change by 2030. Although it is too early to measure whether progress has been made, the report serves as a status update. Importantly, it highlights the fact that poor children are not getting the education they need to succeed: data from 2008 to 2012 shows that children from the poorest 20 percent of households are four times as likely to be out of school as their richest peers. Learn more here, and read the report itself here.

Photo Credits (top to bottom): Africa Rizing; Dominic Chavez/World Bank; IEASA; G(irls)20; United Nations; Reuters; Thinkstock; United Nations

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