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

July 05, 2016Tess Bissell

This Week at CEI

By Donika Dimovska and Mirjam Schöning
There is no greater time to invest than in a child's early years. Early childhood is a unique moment to support a child's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development and lay the foundation for later health, educational, and economic outcomes. Now, as the evidence supporting the importance of early childhood development mounts, practitioners and policymakers alike are no longer debating whether ECD interventions work, but how to make them work better.

Innovator Interview with the Lchokuti Foundation
By Samyuktha Warrier

Many of us in the development community take the value of education as a given, yet those living in rural or low-income contexts sometimes have a different view. Recognizing and addressing these different priorities is an increasingly critical aspect of successful interventions. The Lchokuti Foundation is taking on this challenge directly, using a host of innovative strategies to engage their community and shift perceptions about education. We asked them about cultivating productive relationships, and their plans for the future.

What is lifelong learning and what does it look like in action?
By Tess Bissell

The UN's recently adopted SDGs send a clear message: learning begins at birth and continues beyond any single grade-level or graduation. With international attention now more focused on promoting lifelong learning, passionate practitioners from the classroom to the boardroom and even social media are asking: what is lifelong learning, and what does it look like in practice?

Upcoming Events


The 2016 International Conference on the Globalization of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education
August 4-6: Fukoka, Japan
Language today not only links nations but also empowers individuals toward greater upward mobility, making it an indispensable tool in modern society. The 2016 International Conference on the Globalization of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (G-SLATE) is a three-day, international, peer-reviewed conference that invites scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, educators, and students. The conference is an opportunity to share research, insights and techniques, and form professional networks in this burgeoning field of linguistics and education. Learn more here.

The global education agenda: Challenges, priorities, and strategies on the road to 2030
July 21, 10am: Web
During this Teach For All Talk, Julia Gillard will share insights from her work towards meeting the international community’s ambitious goal for education and discuss the Global Partnership’s just-released strategic plan for 2016 to 2020. Tune in and learn more here, and engage in the conversation on Twitter using #TeachForAll.

July 16-17: Toronto, Canada
The Canadian International Conference on Advances in Education, Teaching & Technology 2016 (EduTeach2016), presented by Unique Conferences Canada and the International Center for Research & Development, gives attendees the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge through greater interaction with experts in the field. Listen to latest research findings, present work before a global audience, network with future collaborators, learn about best practices, and join the international community. Learn more here.

6th Annual Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance International Symposium: From Innovation to Impact
Oct 18-20, 2016: Washington, D.C. 
Presentation Proposals due: July 29

Many Information and Communications Technology for Education (ICT4E) projects and initiatives in developed and developing countries are innovative, but lack tangible and critically represented evidence of impact. Without such evidence-driven information, the field suffers from a continual cycle of ICT4E project invention and reinvention, but with no clear pathways forward to guide key stakeholders in their investment decisions. To create space for informed and honest dialogue in this critically important arena, the overall theme for this year’s Symposium is From Innovation to Impact. Submit a presentation proposal here

Funding Opportunities


Let Girls Learn Challenge for Liberia

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to increase Liberian adolescent (ages 10-19) girls’ access to education and promote basic literacy skills. If you are interested, find the opportunity here.

Youth Employment Project

The United States Agency for International Development in Rwanda (USAID/Rwanda), is seeking applications from qualified and eligible organizations for a five-year activity to increase stable employment opportunities, including self-employment, for male and female vulnerable youth, and to improve youth training and employment systems and increase investment in skills for vulnerable youth. Learn more here.

Global Education News

European referendum: Pupils ‘fear being forced out’
In the wake of Brexit, young pupils from European backgrounds fear they may be forced to leave Britain. In an open letter to the prime minister, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) explained that students are concerned about a potential rise in racism and community conflict, and called upon the government to assure pupils from the EU that they will be able to complete their schooling without interruption. As the economic and political ramifications of the European referendum radiate across the globe, the educational futures of these students also hang in the balance. Read more here.

New Program Incentivizes Investors To Help Fund Education In India

A new funding model has been introduced to help marginalized girls in Rajasthan, India gain access to education. Known as a “development impactbond,” the model encourages private funders to contribute directly to the cause and in turn, receive a return from the government or banks if targets are achieved. The model is designed to improve the quality of education in Rajasthan, in addition to simply expanding its scope and reach. Read what supporters and critics are saying about it here.

Improving Math Education in Zimbabwe
In 2014, only 24% of students who sat for the O Level Mathematics Examination in Zimbabwe passed. With support from the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is committed to changing this. Stakeholders have met to share best practices in effective teaching and learning practices, and expect to roll out the new curriculum in 2017. The overhaul is part of the government’s drive to increase Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, with the broader socioeconomic development of the country in mind. Learn more here.


Photo Credits (Top to Bottom): Hippocampus Learning Centres ; Lchokuti Foundation ; Project Fuel ; INTESDA ; Teach for All; EduTeach; mEducation Alliance; BBC; Results for Development; Arne Hoel, World Bank

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