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

June 10, 2016Tess Bissell

This Week at CEI:

Results for Development Institute, which manages the Center for Education Innovations (CEI), this week announced Gina Lagomarsino as its next president and chief executive officer, following an extensive search by its board of directors. Lagomarsino succeeds David de Ferranti, Results for Development’s founder and president, who will remain at the organization in his new position as chair of the board. Learn more about Lagomarsino's vision for the future by clicking here.

Innovation in Teacher Education – The British Council's ‘Teaching for Success’
By Colin Bangay

In their 2012 paper, Pritchett and Beatty chart how the successes of the MDG period in terms of school access have not been accompanied by similar gains in learning, concluding that “Schooling doesn’t necessarily produce learning or education.”

The Sustainable Development Goals have rightly refocused attention on learning – however in our drive to raise learning we must avoid an over fixation with ‘how much’ and not neglect questions of ‘how relevant’ and ‘how does the way learning is imparted impact upon the agency of the learner?’ Read More...

Weak Institutional Capacity: A Growing Barrier to Reaching the Education Sustainable Development Goal in sub-Saharan Africa
By Birger Fredriksen

A blog I posted on April 27th on NORRAG NEWSbite reflected on the massively increased funding that sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will need, compared to other regions, to reach the 2030 education Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4), and the danger that the recent economic slowdown could severely affect countries’ ability to mobilize the resources required. The two main reasons for this higher resource need are SSA’s massive needs for education catch-up and rapid population growth.

To these two must be added a third reason: Very poor institutional capacity in the education sector. Read More...

Upcoming Events:

Preparing the Next Generation of African Development Professionals
June 15, 2016: Webinar
A recent Devex survey of global development recruiters highlighted Africa as the region where they expect the most hiring to take place in 2016. At least half of those positions, if not significantly more, are expected to be filled by national, rather than international, candidates. As more opportunities open up for young professionals to take a leadership role in the development of their home countries, what skills, education, and training should they seek to qualify for these positions today and in the future? This Devex webinar will discuss development hiring trends across Africa and how budding development workers can prepare for these new opportunities. Learn more and register for the webinar here.

The Future of Education 2016
June 20, 2016: London
How will advancing hardware and software such as 3D printing, augmented reality, gamification, and robotics impact education? How can we ensure they are integrated into education systems in a productive manner? In this evening workshop, education practitioners, technologists, innovators, and strategists will come together to discover how advancing technology will impact education. Attendees will encounter new technologies driving change, learn to apply emerging technology in education, and connect with edtech innovators. Learn more and register here.

The European Conference on Education 2016 (ECE2016)
June 29 - July 3, 2016: Brighton, United Kingdom   
This international and interdisciplinary conference will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in education. The conference’s theme, “Education and Social Justice: Democratizing Education”, invites participants to explore and question ways in which education can transcend borders of space, identity, culture and more, and to consider the ways in which education can develop (or hinder) social justice. ECE2016 will be held alongside The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2016 (ECTC2016), and The European Conference on Language Learning 2016 (ECLL2016). Registration for any one of these conferences will allow attendees to attend sessions in the others. Learn more about ECE2016 here.

Funding Opportunities:

Basic Education Reading Support Project
The USAID-South Africa education program aims to improve reading skills of primary grade learners. One literacy program that the USAID currently supports is the Basic Education Reading Support Project in South Africa, which works on promoting literacy and increasing curriculum capacity in the classroom. This grant opportunity is available to South African organizations, specifically non-governmental organizations. The funding will support South African teachers and heads of department by distributing learning and teaching support materials. To get involved with this great opportunity, visit this link.
Proposal due: July 14th, 2016

Industry Input Sought for Improving Learning for Ethiopia’s Primary Grade Students (ILEPGS)
USAID Ethiopia has supported one of the largest literacy projects in Ethiopia since 2010.  The program wishes to expand its efforts in community engagement and outreach, school-implementation, and teacher training. The estimated cost allocated for this project is between $79-$140 million. The grant is currently looking for inputs from education leaders and experts in the field on education innovations and practices that have been known to work well in Ethiopia. Read more on the grant’s page here.
Proposal due: June 20th, 2016

UK Aid Match
The Department for International Development is seeking financial support for its UK Aid Match project. UK Aid Match will seek to award up to £120 million in grants over 3 years from 2013 to 2016. UK Aid Match creates partnerships between the U.K and countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Burma, providing financial aid and various other support to children in need. Non-governmental organizations and UK-based organizations are encouraged to apply. Get involved here!
Proposal due: rolling

Global Education News:

Pisa tests to include “global skills” and cultural awareness
The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests, an international standard for comparing education systems around the world, could include a new measurement of global skills in the next round of tests in 2018. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which creates the Pisa test, hopes to offer the first comprehensive overview of education systems’ level of success in preparing students for the culturally diverse and digitally interconnected communities in which they now live. In an increasingly globalized world, the question of global competence education - and how to quantify it - looms large. Read more here.

Females exceed male academic achievement in the UAE
With the number of female university graduates in the United Arab Emirates more than triple the number of male graduates in the region, the future of gender roles, the labor market, and societal expectations are on course for a change that could rock the region. Some have cited males studying abroad as the reason for this disparity in graduation rates. However, according to UNESCO data, even if every individual who studied abroad from the UAE was an Emirati male, it would still be fewer than the number of females graduating from UAE universities alone. Watch this video to learn more and hear from Shaika, a UAE University sophomore and first-generation university student.

Kenya: New requirements for Masters’ Degrees?
A proposal crafted by the Commission for University Education (CUE), requiring Masters’ candidates to publish at least one article in a journal before graduating, may may make it harder for Kenyan students to obtain advanced degrees. The new guidelines are the latest in a series of efforts to increase the rigor of Kenya’s higher education sector during a period of soaring demand and capacity. The proposal has divided opinions in academia: proponents argue that the more stringent guidelines would help “weed out fake professors and PhD holders,” while opponents believe that the proposal could discourage thousands of young people from pursuing advanced degrees. Learn more here.


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