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

March 03, 2017Corinne Hoogakker

CEI Blog Highlights


Too often, disability is a subject that policymakers and politicians seek to avoid. But one in twenty children worldwide has a moderate to severe disability, and millions of these children are excluded from education. There are no easy answers, but community-based organizations are pushing back against the stigma associated with disability. Read more...

Payment by Results – PbR- is a new catchphrase in development work. But a new report evaluating the use of PbR in the DFID Girls Education Challenge questions whether this actually motivates organizations to pursue funding rewards, or creates perverse incentives and risk-averse behavior. Read more...

Which soft skills have the strongest impact in promoting positive career, health, and social outcomes? What tools can we use to measure them? What gaps remain in the literature surrounding soft skills for youth development? An event hosted by YouthPower Action this month shed new light on the topic and pushed for more action. Read more...

Upcoming Events


The webinar from YouthPower Learning will bring together researchers and implementers to discuss how skills programs use a gender-sensitive approach to their curriculum and programming and explore challenges and best practices in targeting young women in low and middle-income countries. Presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion with online participants. Register here.

This online #LearningGeneration event will provide an update on the Education Commission's current priorities and upcoming actions. It will also discuss various ways that NGOs, international organizations, government agencies and broader civil society can engage and collaborate with the Education Commission. Attendees can participate by computer or dial-in using a phone. Participants must RSVP here by Monday, March 6th.

Mobile Learning Week 2017
March 20-24, 2017 - Paris, France

UNESCO and UNHCR’s annual Mobile Learning Week will focus on expanding the use of new and affordable ICT within the theme ‘Education in emergencies and crises’. Focus areas will include strengthening inclusion in education, preserving the continuity of learning in conflict and disaster contexts, and enriching learning opportunities for refugees and other displaced people. Click here to learn more and sign up to participate.

Funding Opportunities


Making Cents International (Making Cents) under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded contract YouthPower Learning is seeking grant applications from qualified entities in two thematic areas:  “Advancing the Evidence Base for Gender-Transformative Positive Youth Development” and “Advancing the Evidence Base for Youth Civic Engagement in Effective Peacebuilding or in Countering/Prevention of Violent Extremism (CVE/PVE)”. For more information, visit the YouthPower site here.

Making Cents has also just launched the Call for Session Proposals for the 2017 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit. The Call for Proposals is how Making Cents sources the majority of presenters for the Summit – an event that attracts 500+ stakeholders who are advancing economic opportunities for young people.  The theme of this year’s summit is “The Future of Work: Youth Economic Opportunity in a Changing World”, and topics for sessions can be in four technical tracks. Proposals must be submitted here by March 29, 2017, and the Summit will take place in Washington, DC on September 27-29, 2017.

Global Education News


The Nigerian government claims that Boko Haram, the militant group that has threatened the lives and livelihoods of millions of Nigerians in the country’s northeast, is near defeat. But a recent New York Times piece highlights that the crisis in education is far from over, and instability is still keeping children out of school. Save the Children recently reported that Boko Haram has destroyed 1,200 schools, and those that remain are overcrowded and poorly equipped: pre-school classes meant for students under five have been overwhelmed with hundreds of children up to 15 years old desperate for education.

IBE-UNESCO and the GPE have just released a groundbreaking new report, “Teaching and Learning to Read in a Multilingual Context: Ways forward for three sub-Saharan African countries (Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal)”. With a specific focus on contexts of second-language reading instruction, the report highlights necessary elements of early literacy acquisition, summarizes new knowledge on the development of reading curricula, and provides recommendations based on rich evidence.

As we prepare to #BeBoldForChange and celebrate International Women's Day next Wednesday, there is some cause for celebration: the latest Global Gender Gap Report estimates that "on current trends, the education–specific gender gap could be reduced to parity within the next 10 years". Unfortunately, gender parity in education is insufficient unless parity is also achieved in other sectors like health, economics, and politics. With this in mind, Results for Development (R4D) President and CEO Gina Lagomarsino will speak to these cross-cutting themes in an address to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) next Wednesday on "Women's Access to Social Protection in Health". Attendees can join online here.

Photo Credits (top to bottom): Rosalie Colfs/ Handicap International ; Ricci Coughlan/DFID ; Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMIDYouth Power Learning ; The Education Commission ; UNESCO ; Youth Power ; Making Cents InternationalSofia Engdahl, UN World Food Program ; International Bureau of Education ; International Women's Day

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