CEI and UNICEF Partnership for Innovations in Education

eLearning SudanCEI and UNICEF have teamed up to facilitate the scale-up of innovations in global education by identifying promising models and helping them grow. We are jointly collecting evidence on the impact of innovations and lessons learned about the process of scaling up to help the global education community better understand what makes programs work and why.

Over a two-year period that began in May 2014, CEI and UNICEF are designing and testing a strategy to systematically select and support innovative education models. After receiving over 150 nominations sourced from the CEI database and UNICEF country offices, CEI and UNICEF named 5 finalists and 10 runners-up. The finalists are currently receiving funding from UNICEF and support from CEI during a one-year testing phase that will allow innovators to test and strengthen their models while collecting evidence on effectiveness. CEI is synthesizing evaluation and learning on innovations’ potential for scale-up including impact, cost-effectiveness, and stakeholder engagement during this testing phase, which will last through 2015. Click to skip down to Innovations in Education finalists, runners-up, and other UNICEF programs in the CEI database. (Photo of eLearning Sudan courtesy of War Child Holland.)
 

 To learn more, please contact Mark Roland, Senior Program Officer at R4D (mroland@r4d.org) or Juan Pablo Giraldo Ospino, Education Specialist/Innovations in Education at UNICEF (jgiraldoospino@unicef.org).

 

2014 Finalists
Receiving funding from UNICEF and support from CEI

Lively Minds trains Kindergarten teachers and volunteer mothers to lead play-based learning schemes for young children in government schools located in rural communities of Ghana.
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The ASR pilot is an accelerated 150-hour pre-literacy and pre-numeracy program for children entering Grade 1 who have not attended pre-school; it is offered through local schools using existing infrastructure and teachers.
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The Can't Wait to Learn Sudan project delivers out of school Sudan mathematics curriculum to out-of-school children through a self-paced, interactive, tablet-based program that children access in community spaces.
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Palavra de Criança works with municipalities to plan and provide continuous teacher training, student diagnostic assessments, and parent engagement, as well as follow-up assessments to track student process.
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The EduTrac Peru pilot is an SMS-based data collection initiative to track education data in remote districts of Peru; the data will be used to support information-based decision-making at local, regional, and national levels.
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2014 Runners-Up
Notable programs selected for review by expert panel

The Promotion of Girls' Education (PROGE) Project is an initiative funded by UNICEF that is implemented by the Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM).
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The program decreases risks and vulnerabilities posed by disasters by engaging school-aged children and their teachers in identifying community environmental threats, disaster risks, and vulnerabilities through a new online tool that adopts existing materials and child-centered approaches to teach children about the environment and safety.
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The program links out-of-school children (OOSC) with appropriate existing educational programs by using local actors (community members, civil society, and government) to populate databases that identify and match OOSC with available educational programs.
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This program provides schools with interactive and student-centered digital learning content through an offline server and combines this with teacher training to facitilate child-centered pedagogy in the classroom.
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Other CEI programs supported by UNICEF

The Nal’ibali Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign combines a national mass media and awareness campaign with a face-to-face mentoring and support program to establish reading clubs and encourage increased and improved literacy in six provinces across South Africa.
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Bridge connects education innovators into communities of practice, fostering linkages between civil society, government, funders, practitioners, teachers, learners, principals, and parents to promote the sharing of effective education practices.
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The Unlimited Child provides preschool children attending underprivileged creches with trained caregivers, educational toys and relevant activities to stimulate their capacity to develop and learn.
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The Shine Literacy Programme conducts assessments of early-primary aged children to identify those needing literacy support, and works to help build those children’s literacy skills through paired reading, have-a-go writing, specially-designed literacy games, and reading material to bring home.
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Teach For India (TFI) is a non‐profit organization that aims to eliminate educational inequity in India by enlisting the nation's most promising college graduates and young professionals to serve as full‐time teachers in low-income schools for 2 or more years.
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Avanti Learning Centers seeks to increase the access of high potential, low-income students in India to higher education in top Indian universities and IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology), through the provision of mentoring, rigorous tutoring and self-study tools, and science and mathematics-focused training.
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Elige Educar aims to improve the quality of Chile’s teachers through influencing public policy, attracting top students to enter the profession, and launching national media campaigns to enhance the societal perception of teaching.
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A financially self-sufficient network of secondary schools which give low-income students the opportunity to receive a quality education while learning practical agricultural and business skills through operating real microenterprises on campus.
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ITA has launched the ‘School Assessment for School Improvement (SASI) Program’ as a social enterprise in Pakistan that conducts comprehensive school assessments to improve school management; assessments result in implementable options for school improvement.
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A free online education portal providing interactive instructional and training materials as well as networking to students, teachers, administrators, and parents throughout Chile.
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BRAC primary schools offer quality, non-formal education to disadvantaged and school dropout children in Bangladesh, with a particular emphasis on girls.
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BRAC's Adolescent Development Program runs Adolescent Clubs, where secondary school girls can engage in extra-curricular and cultural activities as well as livelihood training courses, all with a view to building soft-skills.
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Dream a Dream is a professional charitable trust registered and based out of Bangalore working to provide young people from vulnerable backgrounds since 1999 with skills, career, and social development.
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The Progressive Institute of Socio-economics (PRISE) is setting up non-formal education centers in the Nankana Sahib community in collaboration with local small-industry representatives to provide education to children who are often working as bonded laborers at brick kilns in the area.
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Digital Means is developing web based e-learning content based on the local government curriculum for English and Mathematics, for grades 4 and 5.
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Free the Children works in the education sector through donors who can choose between sponsoring the construction of a school/library, supporting the purchase of school supplies, or paying for teacher salaries in schools overseas.
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Kalokutanyang Mobile School was established in 2008 by the Kenyan government with support from UNICEF to provide education for 3 village clusters in Turkana County.
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The High Schools Transformation Project (HSTP) spends three years partnering with two secondary schools in Timor-Leste to provide a quality, relevant education model that the Ministry of Education can replicate.
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UNICEF Mongolia's mobile ger kindergartens travel each summer to serve hard-to-reach children of nomadic herder families and come equipped with furniture, teaching materials, toys, and meals for students.
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The Aflatoun program brings social and financial education to pre- and primary school students, with a special focus on equipping students from low- and middle-income families with the necessary life skills to become change agents in their own lives and their communities.
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Maendeleo Foundation's mission is to complement the existing education system by making computers available to people of all ages and providing customized training.
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Literacy Boost works with students, teachers, and communities to encourage reading, improve reading instruction, and strengthen core reading skills.
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Kopila Valley serves as a home and school for some of the most vulnerable children in Surkhet, Nepal and currently educates students from nursery through 8th grade.
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The VGF Instructional Leadership Programme (ILP) is a low-cost teacher training course that aims to improve the quality of learning and teaching in Ugandan schools.
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The School-in-a Box kit is a portable classroom that can be used almost anywhere in the world.
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Digital Schools in a Box, serving 100 to 200 children each, are set up in schools and health centers in rural communities to give children access to quality, collaborative educational content.
Activity Based Learning (ABL) is a methodology where children of different ages are grouped together in one class and learn at their own pace through teacher-facilitated exercises.
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Design for Change (DFC) is a global movement that aims to empower students to say "I CAN" and inspire others by telling their own stories of change.
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EduTrac is a mobile phone based data-collection system developed by UNICEF with support from the MoES to collect real time data including teacher and student attendance and delivery of materials.
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The Technogirls program teaches girls skills they are lacking in science, technology, and engineering.
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ukuFUNda aims to facilitate equitable learning opportunities for children through mobile technology.
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Connecting Classrooms is a web platform for connecting and engaging students from around the world in cross-cultural discussions.
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The National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) is a public-private partnership that supports the skills development ecosystem in India and funds effective private sector skills training initiatives.
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The Encouraging Education Program provides daily tuition classes to out of school learners in and around Kampala.
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Kytabu is a textbook subscription app built to provide low-cost access to digitalized versions of all Kenyan textbooks from Standard 1 to Form 4.
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Educación 2020 is a Chilean civil society organization that works to ensure high-quality, inclusive education for all students in Chile.
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Through the Ak' Tenamit Internship Program, high school students split their time between traditional and practical classrooms, where they put theory learned in class to work.
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Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program (CEP) uses a nonformal, human rights-based approach to education wherein it aims to empower communities with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to develop their own futures.
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Teach A Man To Fish have been supporting Mackay Memorial College, a government secondary school in Kampala, with entrepreneurship training delivered to teachers and pupils enabling them to set up two school businesses which have high local demand, are educational, and simple to run.
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Salam Project for Street Children seeks to significantly reduce the number of street children living and working on the streets of Cairo by providing outreach and drop-in services (basic health and nutritional services) that emphasize alternative livelihood strategies and offer vocational training services leading to eventual social integration.
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The program provides quality, alternative basic education opportunities for out-of-school children and youth in the Dadaab refugee camps and its pastoralist host communities.
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