Over 500 Innovative Education Programs Featured on CEI

Calla McCabe

This Week at CEI:

This week, CEI has reached the milestone more than 500 programs profiled on our database.  Interested in browsing some of our recently added programs? Begin by checking out the Wedu Fund to see how they are developing young female leaders.  Next, be sure to look at Siyakwazi to read about their learning support for students irrespective of disabilities or learning difficulties.

If you want to explore our database further or narrow your program search by specific country or type of program just click here!

Upcoming Events:

  • October 6-8 | 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 in Washington, D.C
  • October 10-12 | Creating a Society for All: Reconsidering Early Childhood Services - The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) invites you to participate in this international conference for shared learning and a joint exploration to re-consider early childhood services for children from birth through primary school
  • October 15-18 | 28th Annual Conference of the AEA - Hosted by the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the theme of this year's event is Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. To take place in Denver, CO.
  • November 4-6 | 2014 WISE Summit - The 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will convene in Doha, Qatar, under the theme Imagine – Create – Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education.
  • November 17-22 | 5th Annual Global Education Conference - This free, week-long online event will bring together educators and innovators from around the world to promote global awareness, foster global competency, and inspire action towards solving real–world problems.     

Opportunities:

  • August 15 | Brookings Call for Case Studies Brookings is seeking case studies to support its Millions Learning campaign. Learn more about selection criteria and the application process here.
  • August 15 | mEducation Call for Proposals - The 2014 Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance International Symposium seeks presentation proposals on mobile interventions that improve literacy and numeracy for marginalized or hard-to-reach learners.
  • 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!
  • September 8 | WISE Accelerator Program | For this inaugural year, the WISE Accelerator will be dedicated to providing support and guidance to projects addressing educational challenges through the use and/or design of technology. Apply today!
  • September 30 | The World Humanitarian Summit is accepting submissions for Eastern and Southern South Africa Humanitarian Short Film Contest with the theme “Humanitarian Action in Africa” submissions due September 30, 2014 and the winner gets a prize of $3,000.  To learn more, click here!
  • October 5 | 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.
  • 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.
  • Open| 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.
  • Open| 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.
  • Open| 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 ChildrenDubai CaresFord Foundation, and several other organizations. Apply for these opportunities here

Education News:

Honduras is among the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and it is among the poorest education performers in Latin America.  A lack of schools, and poor teacher training lead to deficiencies in public education.  In addition, many children are forced to leave school for work at a young age in order to help their families. As of late, many children are fleeing to other countries, like the United States, in search of a better life and to escape the rising gang violence dominating the daily lives of those living there. A recent GPE blog post titled ‘The Kids Aren't Alright’, highlights the plight of children in Honduras, including poverty, widespread income inequality, and gang violence.  Supporting organizations and policies that invest in education and schools is a long-term solution to creating opportunities for these children.

The conflict in Gaza inhibits learning and education progress: The conflict between Hamas and Israel has already claimed over 2,000 lives.  However, the toughest impact has been on the children in the Gaza area.  Water is running out, disease is spreading and many children will suffer deep psychological trauma from the events that have taken place.  The recent shelling near schools in Gaza has not only taken away a shelter for many Palestinians, but also a place for children to learn. U.N. data released last week shows that 138 schools have been damaged during the attacks. 49 of the schools were government run and 89 were United Nations Relief and Works Agency operated.  The few schools that are in reasonable condition have been converted into shelters for displaced Palestinians, leaving no room to operate schools. The possibility that students will return to school at the start of the academic year is slim, and if they do return, learning will be more difficult because of the constant fear of bombings and death.

The Hewlett Foundation has posted a set of videos describing the citizen-led, household-based, assessments of student learning. Every Child Counts (and Reads) is available in both French and English and gives an in-depth description of how citizen-led assessments support more effective education in the developing world by providing a measurement of learning across countries. 

Point of Departure:

Last week the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit was held in Washington, D.C.  President Obama hoped to deepen U.S. relations with Africa through strengthening trade and financial ties as evidenced by the announcement of a $14 billion investment pledge by U.S. companies in Africa. 

While the Summit’s emphasis was clearly on business investment discussions on encouraging progress in key areas included expanding education opportunities, particularly for girls and young women.           

Weigh in!

What would you have liked as an outcome of the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit on education? How do you think gatherings like the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit fit into the broader education agenda? Do you think they have the potential to improve education outcomes for the poor?

 

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