Lucía walks 30 minutes to the first home. When she arrives, she greets a mother and her son. She is a facilitator, or volunteer home visitor with Cuna Más, a public early childhood development (ECD) program in Peru that runs daycare centers in urban areas and a home visiting service in rural communities, like this one.
Gina Lagomarsino, president and CEO of Results for Development (R4D), recently interviewed Maureen Samms-Vaughan, the first chair of the Early Childhood Commission, a body established by the Government of Jamaica to develop the country’s early childhood sector.
As the popularity of basketball grows, the NBA just crowned as champions the Golden State Warriors. More than 1.5 billion people outside the United States watched the NBA last year, and international stars like Giannis Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thon Maker, and Luol Deng are inspiring children around the world to pursue new heights on and off the court.
This article originally appeared in The Star, Kenya
Creativity can be learned. It can be strengthened, similar to our muscular ability. Those who say otherwise reflect the old notion that creativity is a 'God-given' talent we are born with or without. Failing to explain the human acts of creating new knowledge, they attribute them to the 'acts of God'.
In the 21st century, as the rate of innovation promises to be 1,000 times that of the 20th century, creativity is more essential than ever. Not only to constructing new worlds, but adapting, surviving and succeeding in them.
But, how do we learn creativity? The process has several layers.
Since the launch of the “data revolution” in international development in 2013, the field has been abuzz with the potential transformative effect of leveraging data in many forms — big, open and citizen-generated — to deliver more targeted and impactful development outcomes for the world’s poor.
A few months ago I experienced what you might call a lightbulb moment – seeing my then five-year-old son read his first ever book from cover to cover, after months of struggling with reading. I don’t think I’ll ever forget seeing the look on his face – the belief he’d gained that he could master anything if he really put his mind to it.
Sometimes the most memorable takeaway from a conference or summit isn’t a presentation, but an unexpected comment that resonates long after closing remarks. I recently returned from attending the Ghana Education Evidence Summit (GEES), which was held in Accra in late March and organized by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Ghana’s Ministry of Education.