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

February 10, 2017Corinne Hoogakker

CEI Blog Highlights

Lessons Learned: Expanding technology-enabled approaches for out-of-school children and refugees
A tablet-based program is bringing a tailored mathematics curriculum to those excluded from basic education in Sudan- but as the Can’t Wait to Learn program attempts to scale, the benefits of having a game customized specifically for each context must be balanced with the desire for cost-effective replication. Read more...


Innovator Interview: Tumaini Letu
How can we provide integrated ECD services to vulnerable communities affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic? To learn more, this week CEI spoke with the executive director of Tumaini Letu, an organization responsible for providing early childhood interventions to over 20,000 children in Kagera region, Tanzania. Read more...


The intersection between protest, civic engagement, and education
Civic engagement- whether through participation, mobilization, or protest- is a tool educators are leveraging to prepare students for challenges within the classroom, and without. Explore some of the strategies innovators from Afghanistan to South Africa are using to inspire youth to create a better future for the world around them, as well as their own academic success. Read more..

Upcoming Events

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World Bank Africa Knowledge Fest
Feb 22, 2017 -Washington, DC & Global
Explore the most recent, relevant knowledge products and celebrate some of the most dynamic thinkers on Africa’s development today. Africa Knowledge Fest will take place in Washington, D.C. and in cities across Africa and will be livestreamed. The event will include a debate on “Help or Hindrance: Are Low-Cost Private Schools Helping Achieve Quality Education For All in Africa?”


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Financing for Development MOOC
March 1-March 29, 2017
The World Bank Group is launching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities”.  The four-week online course will discuss key concepts, terminology, sources of development finance, and the need for increased use of ODA, and innovative financing solutions will be covered.


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ISSA Conference 2017
October 4-6 - Ghent, Belgium
International Step by Step Association (ISSA) has just announced their 2017 conference, which will explore the major challenges and opportunities we face today in building competent early childhood systems. The conference will focus on building competency through three main themes: early childhood workforce, inter-institutional environment, and governance and policies. Call for proposals, registration, and the full program are coming soon.

Funding Opportunities

GMC coLABs - Taking Bets on People + Ideas
Deadline: February 22, 2017 (funding cycles every 2 months)

Gray Matters Capital has just announced its latest initiative, coLABS, which seeks to develop social ventures with the potential to drastically improve the lives of women and girls on a large-scale. GMC coLABS will focus on supporting pilots by providing capital, rapid prototyping and advisor support. They will look for unique and creative solutions to complex social issues and hard-to-reach populations. GMC coLABS seeks passionate entrepreneurs who are: tackling hard-to-reach markets, demographics, and complex social issues, ready for seed funding ($10,000 - $100,000 USD) to launch an investment-ready pilot, and piloting revenue-generating, market-scalable models. To learn more, click here.

Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Expo Live is an innovation and partnership programme launched by Expo 2020 Dubai to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving our planet. The Innovation Impact Grant Programme aims to fund novel and innovative within three focus areas for funding: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The programme will award injection funds of up to USD 100,000 to support the growth of social enterprises, startups and grassroots projects from around the world whose solutions generate real social value. The programme calls for individual entrepreneurs, SMEs, non-for-profit organisations, or government-related entities to submit their solutions, which should be at a demonstration and implementation stage. Read more and download the application form here.

Voice - Nigeria Innovate and Learn Grants
Deadline: May 15, 2017

Voice, an initiative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, provides grants to those supporting the most marginalized and discriminated people in ten low- and lower-middle income countries in Africa and Asia. They are currently seeking applications from organizations in Nigeria working to strengthen the lobby and advocacy capacities of marginalized and discriminated groups, especially women. Groups working with a focus on education and employability are particularly encouraged to apply. To learn more about this opportunity, click here


Global Education News

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BOLD recommends Teachers Talking Tech Podcast
The Jacobs Foundation Blog on Learning and Development (BOLD) highlights a podcast that tackles a tricky and divisive question- how can we incorporate technology into the primary school classroom? Teachers Talking Tech covers topics from the specific- interactive whiteboards- to the general- how veteran teachers can learn to use new tech.  For more education- related podcast recommendations, visit the BOLD blog series Introducing Podcasts Worth Hearing.


education learning data innovation schools accountability transparency teachersNew insights on using data for accountability in education
A new report from the Brookings Institution sheds light on the complicated process of using education data to effectively push for more accountability in education service delivery. Making information public may not be enough to drive change- the way the data is curated and shared can be vital. In another article, the authors distill six key lessons for using data to build transparency and accountability and ultimately improve student learning outcomes.


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Lessons from a surprising source: Iceland's substance abuse problem
We don't often look to Iceland for broad lessons that we can apply to solve challenges for youth around the world- but American psychologist Harvey Milkman claims that the Nordic island nation with only 320,000 inhabitants has found just that. In a fascinating article from Mosaic Science, Emma Young investigates the strategy that moved Iceland from a severe youth drinking and drug crisis to the "top of the European table for the cleanest-living teens". Read more...


Corinne Hoogakker is pursuing her MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  She works as an intern at the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) at R4D.  Before coming to R4D, she served as a primary school teacher in Palestine and worked in educational administration in DC public schools.

Photo credits (top to bottom): WarChild Holland ; Tumaini Letu ; The Supply ;Charlotte Kesl / World Bank ; World Bank ; Didier Jansen.


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