CEI News & Views: Latest updates, funding opportunities, and global education news

Duncan McCullough

CEI Blog Highlights

Fashion and EdTech in Pakistan: More than just trends
By Minahil Mehdi

The Khud Initiative is a new program in Pakistan using the self-learning techniques pioneered by TED Award winner Sugata Mitra to give children a higher quality education with the help of education technology. Read their firsthand account of early successes training over 50 girls in holistic skills, from embroidery to digital design!

‘Back to School’ season and innovations in non-formal education
By Duncan McCullough

The excitement of childen returning to school this month highlights the urgent need faced by millions of girls and boys completely shut-out from formal education opportunities. Creative solutions are being deployed to reach these out-of-school children. Learn more about innovations in non-formal alternative models, accelerated learning, and more making an immediate impact, from the CEI database.

Upcoming Events

Youth Economic Opportunities Summit
September 28 – 30, Washington DC

Over the next decade, a billion young people will enter the labor market. To keep pace with demand, the global economy must create 600 million jobs in the next 10 years. On September 28-30 in Washington, D.C., the 10th Anniversary Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit will bring together 450+ implementers, researchers and educators, companies, policy makers and donors from 50+ countries to identify what is needed to integrate young people into the job market and give them a fighting chance to secure not just a job, but a pathway to a sustained career. Learn more at www.YouthEOSummit.org.

International Literacy Day Forum
September 9, Washington DC

USAID and the Global Reading Network will convene technical training sessions on September 9, immediately following International Literacy Day on September 8. Results for Development and CEI will be at sessions throughout the day, including to present our Learning Lab and Rapid Feedback MERL approach during the “Innovations in Monitoring” session. If you can’t make it to the DC event, stay tuned to @CEInnovations and the CEI Blog for updates from the event.

SDG 4 Webinar Series
September 7 – 29, Online

UNESCO Institute for Statistics’ latest webinar series begins this Wednesday, 7 September 2016. Learn about the technical and political initiatives underway to implement the new indicator frameworks while addressing areas that are difficult to measure, such as education quality, learning, equity and inclusion.  The hour-long sessions explore the most urgent measurement issues of the SDG 4 – Education 2030 agenda, while sending questions and getting answers in real time from a wide range of presenters and discussants, including national and international policymakers and statisticians, technical experts, donors and civil society organizations.

Funding Opportunities

ISIF Asia Awards 2016
Deadline: September 15

The ISIF Asia Awards seek to acknowledge the important contributions Internet technology innovators have made through creative solutions to the Asia Pacific region. All CEI innovators leveraging ICT to make a difference for their students are encouraged to apply. For more information on 2016’s Award Categories, as well as how to submit your nomination, click
 here.

JOBA Employment Fund  
Deadline: September 30
 
The Employment Fund responds to Mozambique’s challenge of lack of employment amongst disadvantaged young people (in particular young women and adolescent girls) in a bid to contribute to poverty reduction and economic growth. Project initiatives from non-state organisations, which can undertake training, entrepreneurship, or second chance learning activities that will contribute to higher incomes of the beneficiaries, through provision of innovative, quality, marketable technical or vocational training, entrepreneurship training, or ‘second chance’ opportunities, are invited to apply for a grant from the Employment Fund. Learn more here.

Convergence Grants
Ongoing

Convergence offers grant funding for practitioners to design innovative financial instruments and products that would otherwise be too risky or complex to pursue. Through research and development grants, Convergence aims to surface the next generation of blended finance models and foster market-wide learning. Under Convergence’s Open Window, practitioners can apply for funding to design any blended finance product that addresses a specific development challenge and meets the Open Window eligibility criteria and mission of Convergence.

Global Education News

When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom
By Anya Kamenetz

Teaching is inherently a stressful occupation, and by many accounts, it's getting more so. Students bring the effects of poverty and trauma into the classroom. Administrators lay on the pressure to meet ever-changing standards. In the last few years, teacher job satisfaction has reportedly plummeted to a 25-year low, and turnover is high — almost 50 percent for new teachers.

Patricia Jennings isn't necessarily out to change all these factors. Instead, she aims to help teachers become the change they wish to see in the world. Read More…

‘Time for a policy reset’: Taking a closer look at recent African economic trends
By Amy Copley and Christina Golubski

Commentary around recent developments in the economies of sub-Saharan Africa has centered on a trifecta of threats: low commodity prices, China’s slowdown, and the rising cost of external borrowing. The region’s robust growth over 2000-2014, analysts say, is slowing down. Commodity exporters in particular are confronting an array of macroeconomic challenges—from growing fiscal deficits to inflation and currency volatility. But do these discouraging trends signal an end to Africa’s rise? Should African governments, businesses, and economists prepare themselves for continued stagnation in the years ahead? Read More…

Duncan McCullough is a Communications Associate at the Center for Education Innovations, proud Masters graduate of George Mason University, and former White House Staffer.

Photo Credits (Top to Bottom): Brandon Payne / World Bank Group ; Youth Economic Opportunities Summit ; Pratham Books ; United Nations ; ISIF Asia ; JOBA ; Convergence ; Vivian Shih for NPR ; IMF.

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