Students of today – the planet’s future leaders – are entirely different to students of yesterday. Many students I’ve taught are part of a new, always-connected generation that has moved beyond textbooks in their education. These students are racing ahead (or trying to), but the way we teach them hasn’t changed since the Industrial Revolution. In a Google-powered world, simple, rote memorization is obsolete.
One of the main reasons I went back to school was to better understand quantitative methods. What I did not expect though, is for so many of my professors to explain that a laser-like focus on numbers isn’t worth much without the interviews, case studies, and stories that qualitative data provides to back it up.
The Innovator Interview blog series is a platform for program managers to share successes, challenges and key lessons learned from operating their programs with other members of the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) community. This week we caught up with with Aukje te Kaat, Research Manager for Aflatoun International.
The Roma community in Serbia faces multiple challenges, key among them long-standing discrimination and marginalization, poor living conditions, outright poverty, and limited access to health and education services. It is difficult to even know how many Roma live in Serbia – estimates range from 180,000 to 500,000.
Check out this week's News & Views to catch up on all that's happening at CEI. Browse highlights of CEI's recent work, learn about current and upcoming funding opportunities and events, and take a look at a selection of topical articles from education news around the world.
I love listening to highly-intelligent people considering weighty problems and carefully building their hypotheses – especially if theycan explain these thoughts in a manner that I can actually follow and understand. But having spent three days closeted in subterranean rooms with jet-lagged academics and development workers at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference in Atlanta, USA, I was punch-drunk.
The ‘youth bulge’ in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is here, and projections suggest that the high numbers of youth under-30 will not soon abate. Stakeholders from the classroom to the ministry and beyond recognize the urgency these demographics require, and are acting now to support effective investments to better harness the potential of young women and men.