CEI News and Views: Latest updates, funding opportunities and global education news

October 21, 2016Duncan McCullough

This Week at CEI

youth learning skills work workforce international development basic educationIn a News and Views post from earlier this year, CEI shared a nomination call for the Teach a Man to Fish Foundation’s Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2016. We were therefore thrilled to learn that 4 innovators within the CEI network were selected as Shortlisted Finalists, Camara EducationJunior Achievement (JA)LivelyHoods, and ORT-South Africa. Since then, Camara Education and Junior Achievement have been selected as final award recipients for 3rd Prize and the Future Partner Prize, respectively! We asked these inventive organizations about their work, navigating the awards process, and how they plan to continue improving lives in their communities through education. Read more…

youth learning skills work workforce international development basic educationOn October 13th, FHI 360 and Results for Development (R4D) were pleased to launch their new report, Bridging the Skills Gap: Insights from Employers, Educators, and Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean, which draws on data collected in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador from more than 300 students, educators, employers and public officials. The report explores skills needed for employability, skills acquired through formal education systems and innovative delivery models that promote youth employability in the region. Read more…

youth learning skills work workforce international development basic educationOdds are that you’ve seen at least some outreach from CEI recently about our recently released report Journeys to Scale, produced in partnership with UNICEF. For more must-reads with practical information on scaling up a program’s impact, make sure to check out a recent CEI blog post from our friends at the Brookings Institution. Brookings’ Millions Learning team at the Center for Universal Education compiled a list specifically for the CEI community, which you can browse here.

Upcoming Events

How to make better use of learning evaluation data - practice, policy and advocacy

International Institute of Education Planning (IIEP)
youth learning skills work workforce international development basic educationOct. 24, 2016: Online eForum

Francophone education specialists will connect next week on the use of evaluation data. Ask questions and share your experience with international experts from around the world. Participation is free, though please note that discussions will be in French only. The forum will enable the exchange of ideas, best practices, data and documentation. IIEP's e-Forums are available to everyone and bring together participants from education ministries, international organizations, NGOs and media.

Standing Tall and Growing Strong: Effective Investments in the Early Years

The World Bank
youth learning skills work workforce international development basic educationOct. 24, 2016: Washington, DC and Online

According to the most recent estimates from the Lancet series on early childhood development, 250 million children under the age of five in low and middle-income countries are exposed to stunting and extreme poverty, putting them at risk of poor developmental outcomes. In this talk, Emanuela Galasso will review the productivity and equity arguments behind ‘high quality’ investments in the early years of life, focusing on nutrition and early childhood development interventions. Click here for the livestream.

Global Education Conference

youth learning skills work workforce international development basic educationNov. 13 – 16, 2016: Online

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. The conference, which is free to access online, seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Click here for more information on the keynote speakers.

Youth Summit 2016: Rethinking Education for the New Millennium

World Bank Group
youth learning skills work workforce international development basic education world bank worldbankNov. 14 – 15: Washington, DC and Online

Youth are the main consumers and participants in education. Despite intimate knowledge of the successes and failures of modern education, youth rarely become architects, shapers, or producers of a system that is built on their behalf. The World Bank Group (WBG) Youth Summit 2016 will seek to bridge that gap, giving youth an active voice in creating the vision for the future of education. You can also participate in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #wbgyouthsummit.

Experts Meeting and Regional Workshop on Professional Standards for Basic Education Teachers in West and Central Africa

youth learning skills work workforce international development basic education unescoOct. 24 – 28: Dakar, Senegal

The regional workshop aims to bring all countries to the same level of information, as well as clarifying linkages between and harmonizing the current regional initiatives related to the development of national and regional qualifications frameworks for basic education teachers and regional curriculum frameworks for teacher training. The experts meeting and the Regional Workshop will bring together experts, twenty ECOWAS and ECCAS countries as well as development partners active in issues related to the quality of teachers.

Funding Opportunities

Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform

British Council
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2017

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The next SPHEIR funding round opens today! Grants will be available for partnership projects that can improve the performance, governance and influence of higher education systems and institutions in low-income countries. SPHEIR partnership proposals can address higher education transformation on higher education delivery and higher education enabling systems. View the concept note here.

Sankalp Africa Summit Awards


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Are you an entrepreneur looking to scale your business? Here's your chance to receive long term investment facilitation support and an opportunity to pitch to leading regional and global investors at the Sankalp Africa Summit Awards 2017! Since their founding in 2009, the Sankalp Awards have showcased over 150 enterprises, enabled over 200 mentor connections and facilitated over $120Mn of equity investment. To begin the application process, please send in a brief executive summary/presentation including financials to i3n_africasourcing@intellecap.net.

Amplify Youth Empowerment Challenge

Deadline: Nov 1, 2016

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IDEO’s Amplify Challenge is looking for a wide range of solutions and ideas that motivate and inspire youth, build skills that allow them to participate in the economy, support their transition into financial stability, include the private sector, or harness the potential for the participation of young people in the region’s most lucrative sectors. The challenges seeks ideas that are targeted at youth in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda between 18-35. You can take a look at our detailed criteria here.

Global Education News

A BOLD new outlet

youth learning skills work workforce international development basic educationThe recently launched Blog on Learning and Development, or BOLD, provides a dynamic new outlet for those spreading the word about how children and young people develop and learn. The BOLD Blog, produced by the Jacobs Foundation, is designed to engage committed stakeholders in disciplines such as educational sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political sciences, linguistics, neurosciences, epigenetics, and medical sciences, with a special focus on child and youth development.

youth learning skills work workforce international development basic educationA perfect example of BOLD’s fresh approach can be seen in their latest interview, where neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore talks about social brain development in adolescence and the consequences for teenage learning and behavior. Read more…


Duncan McCullough is a Communications Associate at the Center for Education Innovations, proud Masters graduate of George Mason University, and former White House Staffer.

Photo Credits (Top to Bottom): Junior Achievement ; R4D ; Larry Cooley ; IIEP ; The World Bank ; Global Education Conference ; World Bank Group ; UNESCO ; British Council ; Sankalp Africa ; IDEO ; Jacobs Foundation.

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