Center for Education Innovations: News & Views

Duncan McCullough

This Week at CEI

It is not every day you can meet a Nobel Prize winner, especially the youngest awardee ever and one of the leading advocates for global education, Malala Yousafzai.  Sonaly Patel tells us about her work with the Malala Fund studying the financing of upper secondary education for all.  Read about the private reception, preview for the upcoming documentary "He Named Me Malala", and more.

The Girls’ Education Challenge continues its education outreach in some of the most challenging contexts out there.  This week we feature two reports describing their work in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.  Recent violence, especially in South Sudan, has swelled the camp’s population once again, but the struggle for education is continuing.  These detailed accounts provide a close look at the successes, challenges, and people involved in this vital work. 

CEI Plus was launched almost two months ago, and since then over a hundred programs have provided insightful updates through this effort to increase information sharing, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices.  Our recent post by Max Gollin provides an update on 5 innovative programs, and the valuable data they are sharing with our community of programs, funders, and the global development community at large.

Events & Opportunities

July 27, Deadline: Zero Project Call for Nominations
We’re just about at the deadline, but there’s still time to apply to the Zero Project’s Call for Nominations for indidivuals or programs working innovatively to further the benefits of Information and Communication Technolagy (ICT) to persons with disabilities.  For more information on the nomination process and benefits of selection, click here.

July 27 – 29: Textbooks for Every Child in Africa
With the launch of a new study on textbook scarcity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the African Development Bank Headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire hosts this workshop bringing together policy makers, experts in teaching learning materials, and development partners to create effective dialogue on developing strategies that can solve the high cost and low availability problem, and make textbooks available to all children in SSA.

August 21, Deadline: Mobiles for Education Alliance Symposium Presentation Call
Global leaders in the field of Education Technology will meet this fall for the 5th Annual mEducation Alliance Symposium (Oct28-30).   The Symposium is now calling for presentation proposals from programs working on appropriate, cost-effective, and sustainable utilization of technologies in education that can significantly contribute to the upcoming Sustainable Development Goal number 4, which aims to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all”.  For information on submission guidelines and more, click here.

Education News Around the World

A conversation on President Obama’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia

The Brookings Institute interviews its own scholars, Amadou Sy and Witney Schneidman, asking them to discuss President Obama’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.  Now is a pivotal time for African nations’ relationship with the United States, from issues of security to market access and trade.  To find audio and a full transcript of the interview, click here.

Julia Gillard: Let's broaden the donor community by involving emerging nations on education spending

Julia Gillard looks at the recent agreements from the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and turns her attention now towards the vital next steps of implementation and funding.  In an interview with Devex she explains the need “to look at ways of broadening the donor community, including involving emerging nations as donors.”  To read more from the interview and analysis from the former Australian Prime Minister and current chair of the Global Partnership for Education, click here.

How one homeless child inspired this Bangladeshi to help hundreds

Anna Leach at the Guardian profiles Korvi Rakshand, who was recently named one of 10 Inspiring Bangladeshis for his work with his NGO, the Jaago Foundation.  His foundation works with communication companies to help rural schools connect reliably to the internet.  To read more about Koryi’s innovative work,  and his plans to scale up, click here.

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