CEI Blog Highlights
Finding the Funds for Early Childhood Education
For a region like MENA with one of the highest fertility rates in the world, planning and ensuring financing for ECE is crucial to the region’s long term growth prospects. R4D Program Officer Arjun Upadhyay recently traveled to Kuwait to discuss innovative models for early childhood development financing. Read more...
Reflections from the CIES Conference 2017
After attending the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference in Atlanta Georgia, Christine Wallace of DFID’s Girls Education Challenge shares some of the key takeaways- and lingering questions- on measuring learning outcomes, public-private partnerships, and beyond. Read more...
Innovator Interview: Parikrma Humanity Foundation
Bangalore-based Parikrma runs four schools serving a total of 1700 students, providing an “end-to-end” model that supports disadvantaged children academically and socially throughout their education. CEI spoke with Anuradha RoyChowdhury to learn about how a focus on high-quality teaching and community engagement have set Parikrma schools apart. Read more...
Webinar- Collaboration Among Global Advocacy Initiatives Targeting Children’s Issues
Tues, April 4, 8:30-9:30am EST - Online
This webinar from the ECDAN network featuring four global advocacy initiatives targeting children’s issues: UNICEF, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), Every Woman Every Child, and Theirworld. Speakers will present advocacy tools and effective advocacy strategies, and generate a discussion on how to engage in these initiatives and how to collaborate for more effective activism. To sign up to attend, click here.
Webinar- Addressing the Skills Mismatch: Strategies from Latin America
Tues, April 4, 10am-11am EST - Online
The International Youth Foundation (IYF) is hosting an event focusing on the gap between the demands for skilled labor and the skills taught by current education and training systems in Latin America. The webinar will explore three different strategies employed to address the skills mismatch in the region. Panelists will include Fundacion Entreculturas and the IDB. For more detail and registration, click here.
Skills for a Changing World Research and Policy Symposium
Wed, April 5, 9am-5pm - Washington, DC and Online
Next week, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings will host its Annual Research and Policy Symposium, which will mark the launch of Skills for a Changing World: National Perspectives and the Global Movement, a new report on the current movement toward recognizing breadth of skills within education systems. The report includes summary case studies from Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, and South Africa exploring how education systems across the world are undertaking transformations in order to develop essential skills and competencies in students to be successful in the 21st century.
Deadline: April 1st
The Gratitude Network is a 501c3 non-profit foundation, whose mission is to identify, nurture, mentor and fund highly innovative and scaleable organizations focused on impacting the lives of children. Selected organizations will benefit from 1 year of extensive, expert business mentoring, connections to funding sources, and publicity. Applications to join the 2017 cohort are now open.
Call for Case Studies: Promising Practices in Refugee Education
Deadline: March 31st
A joint initiative from Save the Children, UNHCR and Pearson, Promising Practices in Refugee Education seeks to collect and document innovative initiatives that are tackling the refugee education crisis around the world. Organizations that submit projects that are selected as case studies will receive expert support in the development of their case studies, $1000 to cover the costs of producing a case study, positive publicity, and the chance to contribute to greater understanding of best practices in refugee education. Promising practices should be submitted here by March 31st.
The Awesome Foundation $1000 Grants
With a mission of “forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time”, this organization is made up of chapters that make monthly $1000, no-strings-attached grants to awesome ideas- with each group deciding what constitutes “awesome”. To apply, visit the website and search for a local chapter- or in areas with no nearby group, apply to any chapter or to “Awesome without Borders”. Many funded ideas have been education, community development, and technology projects.
Global Education News
Summarizing new evidence on impact in education interventions
The World Bank Development Impact Blog has released a round-up of the most recent evidence on “what works” in education in low- and middle-income countries. Covering topics including technology, education financing, and early childhood education, this list is an excellent primer on the latest education research coming from prominent scholars at the World Bank as well as other NGOs and academic institutions.
Google commits $50M to close gaps in education
Google.org, the philanthropic arm of web giant Google, has pledged the money to nonprofits with “tech-based learning solutions” that tackle the education gap around the world, according their announcement on the Google blog. By the end of 2017, Google.org aims to make grants to nonprofits in 20 countries