This Week at CEI
On Thursday, June 26th, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) hosted its Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels, where a record US$28.5 billion in additional funding was secured for millions of children throughout the developing world. R4D Managing Director, Nicholas Burnett, attended the event, exchanging knowledge and experiences with 800 other education experts and delegates in the field.
- June 27 | OECD TALIS Survey Seminar and Webinar - This Friday from 1:00pm - 3:30pm, Andreas Schleicher and Linda Darling Hammond will lead the release of the OECD TALIS Survey at the National Press Club. A follow-up webinar will take place at 4:00pm if you cannot attend in person.
- June 27 | 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit - Hosted by Making Cents International, this annual event convenes over 400 education stakeholders from over 50 countries. To take place October 6-8 in Washington, D.C. Registration ends today!
- July 7 | Managing Customers and Markets Course - Sign up for this practical and accessible course on the African Management Initiative's (AMI) new online learning platform for African managers.
- July 9 | Early Grade Reading Professional Development Series - USAID will host a seminar on a promising new approach to monitoring early grade reading programs: Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS).
- July 7 | The School Enterprise Challenge - The School Enterprise Challenge, hosted by Teach a Man to Fish, is a unique international business competition for school students, aiming to identify and reward the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Register today!
- July 18 | Enabling Writers - All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development is now accepting nominations for its $100,000 prize competition which incentivizes the development of software that helps writers draft texts to improve reading skills of children in developing countries.
- August 31 | Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize - Applications for world’s first one million dollar teacher prize are now open. Nominate an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
- August 31 | HDIF Call for Proposals - HDIF is a competitive challenge fund which provides grants to organizations driving innovative approaches which aim to improve the quality, value-for-money, and sustainability of basic services in education, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania. Apply today!
- December 1 | CIES Call for Proposals - The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) seeks submissions for its 59th Annual Conference, taking place March 8-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Proposals should align with the event theme Ubunti! Imagining a Humanist Education Globally. Early bird deadline is October 6.
- Various Dates | Early Childhood Intervention Survey - The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) invites you to participate in a brief survey about the status of early childhood intervention in your country. The questionnaire should take only 20 minutes.
- Various Dates | Atlas Corps Fellowship - This 12-18 month professional fellowship is offered three times a year for nonprofit leaders from around the world. Develop leadership skills from the Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series in either the U.S. or Latin America.
- Various Dates | Global Funding Opportunities - The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) just released its June newsletter which features global funding opportunities from the Global Fund for Children, Dubai Cares, Ford Foundation, and several other organizations. Apply for these opportunities here.
Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and UBS Optimus Foundation Launch the First Development Impact Bond in Education - In order to improve the quality of girls' education and promote greater investment for social outcomes, CIFF and UBS have joined forces to create the first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education. They have provided US$238K to finance an NGO operating in government schools in Rajasthan, India, Educate Girls, and will only receive a return if pre-agreed outcomes regarding enrollment, retention, and learning outcomes are achieved. Phyllis Costanza, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation, explains "This Development Impact Bond marks a turning point in the way social investment opportunities will be conceived in the future... This model strives to become a financially attractive way for investors to improve the lives of children facing adversity." Learn more about Development Impact Bonds, Social Impact Bonds, and other pay-for-performance financing innovations on the Standford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).
Double Shift School Days Threaten the Quality of Primary Education in Brazil - While Brazil has made significant progres over the years - boasting a one-third increase in household incomes, a highly educated upper class, and some of the best public schools in Latin America - the quality of its primary schools remains lower than that of low-income countries such as Madagascar and Haiti. Because teachers often serve more than one school, most students attend class for only four hours a day and are forced to repeat grades rather than recieve additional support when they fall behind. In general, teacher training does not meet international standards. In order to meet the demands of its rapidly growing economy, the nation must do more to create a culture of learning and improve the quality of education for teachers and students alike.
Point of Departure
Thursday, June 19th marked the culmination of the Goldman Sachs and Harvard University Global Education Conference which brought together a unique mix of corporations, investors, academics, program implementers, and policymakers working in the field of educational technology. In an interview with Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs Global TMT Investment Bank Co-Chairman George Lee reflected on the conference and discussed the opportunity for technology to disrupt the global education space in a major way.
In addition to its potential to increase the quality of education delivery and learning outcomes, Lee emphasized the growing amount of venture dollars being invested by companies such as Goldman Sachs into promising tech-based initiatives. When asked if an education technology company could ever become as big as Google or Facebook, Lee asserted that major companies themselves are likely to become increasingly interested in this area which could have a huge impact on global education in the near future. Giving special praise to Massive Open Online Courses, Lee stated that MOOCs are not just disruptors of education but expanders given their expansive reach across geographies, academic levels, and age ranges.
Lee said he has "Never been more excited about the prospect for technology companies to bring change and create value in our society" and neither are we, given the vast number of innovations in our Programs Database that are already impacting classrooms across the globe through technology.
WEIGH IN - What potential do you believe that technology has to transform the global education space?