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.
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 In a Google-powered world, simple, rote memorization is obsolete.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.