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This week at CEI

Improving numeracy through online learning: iiTablet Tshomiz shares insights
By Réjane Woodroffe

Educators, policymakers, and funders want to know whether technology can really improve foundational numeracy skills. Rigorous evidence must continue to be collected, but our experience establishing the iiTablet Tshomiz program in South Africa’s Eastern Cape gives us confidence that online learning can make a profound positive impact. Read more...

What can global education learn from global health?
By Matt Schiavenza

According to a report by the International Commission on Financing Global Economic Opportunity, 40 percent of employers worldwide have reported having trouble finding qualified candidates.

A big reason why is education. Unlike markets for goods and services, education systems have been slow to adjust to an increasingly interconnected world.

“We’re trying to generate educated populations and individuals and children who are able to fulfill their life’s potential,” said Amy Black, the education lead for Results for Development. Read more...

What Africa's first contemporary art museum means for the continent
By Alla Tkachuk

Opened at the waterfront in Cape Town in a grain silo building transformed by architect Thomas Heatherwick, the institution is set to become the world’s most important space for African art. I asked Hannah O’Leary, the Sotheby’s modern and contemporary African art director and a patron of MASK, what she thinks about the museum.

“At Sotheby’s, we pride ourselves in offering for sale the very best art from all over the world,” Hannah said. Read more...

Funding Opportunities

Book Boost: Access for All Challenge
Deadline: 19 January, 2018

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) and Pearson’s Project Literacy are launching the Book Boost: Access for All Challenge to drive innovation in accessible publishing. The challenge seeks business models that are rooted in optimizing and increasing the number of accessible books in the title development phase of the book value chain, resulting in a more efficient and cost effective process.

Enhancing Teacher Education Program
Deadline: 19 December, 2017

Vietnam and the World Bank aim to strengthen teacher education institutions in the country to enhance teacher and principal effectiveness through improved continuous professional development. The National Teacher Education Program (NTEP) establishes a new framework for the provision of training, retraining and continuous professional development to school teachers and principals in order to meet new national requirements.

iPITCH Investment for Impact
Deadline: 22 December, 2017

iPitch is all about investment for impact! iPitch is not a business plan competition, but a hunt to invest in India's unconventional social enterprises. iPitch, is organised by Villgro, India's premier and largest social enterprise incubator. Since 2001, Villgro has incubated more than 120 social entrepreneurs and impacted over 15 million lives. Through iPitch, Villgto will fund and invest in enterprises that solve pressing societal problems in a profitable and scalable manner.

Upcoming Events

"Preparing For Scale" webinar series: Understanding and managing your customers effectively
11 December, 2017 - 04:00 pm GMT - Online

The EY “Preparing for Scale” webinar series aims to support impact entrepreneurs and their management teams to overcome barriers to growth.


Social and Emotional Learning Webinar
13 December, 2017 - 11:00 am EST - Online

The SEL Community of Practice invites you to explore student social-emotional competencies across age and developmental stage with a focus on program interventions in early childhood development (ECD), primary and secondary in-school and out-of-school settings focused on improved learning and well-being.

Advancing female entrepreneurship in the developing world: A look at Africa
14 December, 2017 - 10:00 am EST - Washington DC

The Center for East Asia Policy Studies and the Africa Growth Initiative will host a panel of experts and practitioners to assess the inroads made by African female entrepreneurs, the obstacles that need to be overcome in order to enable genuine female economic empowerment, and the most effective approaches to maximize the manifold contributions of women-owned businesses to the economy and society.

Global Education News

Strengthening Donor-Nonprofit Partnerships
By Peter Fortenbaugh

One of my favorite things about having three kids was reading Dr. Seuss stories to them at bedtime. Recently, I was thinking about relationships between nonprofit leaders and donors when I suddenly recalled the story What Was I Scared Of? It’s about the protagonist’s fear of a pair of green pants, and how the green pants are just as afraid of the protagonist. In the end, they both realize there’s nothing to fear and become friends. Read more...

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

Beginning November 25 (International End Violence against Women Day) and lasting through December 10 (International Human Rights Day), USAID will join the international community for the global campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

More than one in three women have experienced violence— that's 700 million women, or close to the total population of sub-Saharan Africa. The vast majority of this violence is committed by their husbands or male partners. Read more...

Students play a vital role in holding governments to account for education
By GEM Report

The youth version of the 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report on accountability was released today.  It contains a call to action in the form of a global campaign, #WhosAccountable, to support the enforcement of 1people’s right to education ahead of Human Rights Day, celebrated on December 10. Read more...


Photo Credits: Bulungula Incubator ; Dominic Chavez/World Bank

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