Center for Education Innovations: News & Views

July 10, 2015Duncan McCullough

This Week at CEI

Results for Development (R4D) and the Center for Education Innovations are incredibly proud of our recent collaboration with the Malala Fund studying the path to financing 12 years of education for every boy and girl.  R4D’s technical study uses interviews with expert stakeholders, a literature review, and cost modeling to identify the approximate range of the global cost for achieving universal upper secondary school access and delves into lessons learned from country experiences in providing universal fee-free secondary education.  The goal is ambitious, but Malala’s story is an important reminder of what is possible when the will is there.  To learn more about how to make this aspiration a reality, read the report here.

Abisola Bamtefa and The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre in Nigeria report from Lagos on the critical state of the country’s education sector, and the role for innovative non-state actors to help turn lagging indicators around.  The 10.5 million Nigerian children not enrolled in school account for nearly 1/5th of the world’s out-of-school boys and girls, so the need is certainly great.  Impactful innovation is underway though.  It is impossible to say exactly what impact these developing interventions will have, but the post illustrates that based on initial results, a path forward is possible.

Another CEI-Hub contribution this week features analysis on implementation efforts of learner-centered teaching styles in Kenya.  Learner-centered pedagogy represents a shift away from lecture-based approaches and instead focuses more on interaction as a key tool to educate.  It is an important avenue for policymakers and practitioners alike to explore, and this piece sheds light on the challenges and benefits of including this style in broader reforms for the country as a whole.    


July 13 – July 16: Third International Conference on Financing for Development

Now that the Oslo Education Summit is over, world leaders turn their attention to the next stop on their way to final adoption of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.  The event will gather high-level political representatives, and hopes to produce an inter-governmentally negotiated and agreed outcome that will help chart the course to 2030.

July 13, 6:15 to 7:45pm: 5 Big Ideas to Finance Development: Practical Proposals, Sustainable Solutions

As a side event to the Addis Ababa conference, the Center for Global Development will host 5 Big Ideas to Finance Development: Practical Proposals, Sustainable Solutions.  The event looks to be a productive and innovative conversation about tackling the financing challenges, and is well worth attending if you’re in town for the larger event. 

July 13, 10:00 to 12:00pm: Equipping Teachers for Success in Sub-Saharan Africa

In New York City next week the Clinton Foundation will present Equipping Teachers for Success in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of their ‘Week of Action’.  Investing in and preparing teachers is critical for the future success of the region, and the event will focus on identifying opportunities, strengthening partnerships, and developing firm commitments in advance of the Foundation’s 2015 annual meeting.

August 21, Deadline: Right to Education in Inclusive Settings Grant

Open Society Foundations is offering a grant in support of the Right to Education in Inclusive Settings.  The funding seeks to address obstacles to children’s participation in education resulting from majority attitudes toward disability, race and ethnicity, minority or citizenship status, minority language and culture, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or social or economic disadvantage.  If you or an organization you know is contributing to this critical work, we urge you to apply.

July 27, Deadline: Zero Project Call for Nominations

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) continues to break down barriers for people across the globe.  In order to further these benefits to persons with disabilities, the Zero Project is calling for nominations of innovative practices and policies for persons with disabilities.  For more information on the nomination process and benefits of selection, click here.

Education News

One of the world’s most inspiring figures, Malala Yousafzai, writes this week in the Telegraph newspaper about her devotion to securing commitments from the world’s leaders to provide 12 full years of free education to every boy and girl around the world.  The personal piece demonstrates Malala’s amazing development as an effective advocate for children everywhere.   “Getting millions of girls into school seems impossible,” she writes, but “Like my story, it is not.”  To see a video and transcript of her very well-received speech at the Oslo Education Summit, click here.

Oslo Declaration on Education Development is Published

Speaking of the Oslo Education Summit, the international convening of leaders met this week to promote education in countries affected by conflict, crisis, and poverty.  The convening built off of Norway’s latest commitment to increase its funding to the global education initiative UNICEF by NOK 50 million, or $6.13 million USD, and focused attention especially on the need for greater funding for education in the aftermath of emergencies.  To read the Oslo Declaration adopted at the conference’s conclusion, click here.

Two years of civil war wiped out 15 years of education progress in Syria

Despite the positive steps taken in Oslo, new data reported from Syria by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics illustrates how delicate the hard-won progress in education can be.  Enrollment rates have fallen precipitously, with the last two years wiping out all recorded gains made for education in Syria since 2000.  As the post laments, “two years to ruin the future prospects of a generation.”

Departure Point

The Brookings Institution will host an event next week entitled, “The struggle for democracy in Myanmar/Burma”.  The last four years have brought significant transformation to the nation, and the government led by Thein Sein has taken steps to open the country up in several important ways.  Elections planned for November will be closely watched in hopes that progress continues.  However, as the recent migrant crisis in South-East Asia demonstrated earlier this year, when thousands of Rohingya people fled Myanmar for the open seas, many in the country are still denied the most basic of human rights.  What next steps do you think are needed to continue reforms in Myanmar?  It is clear the country needs more than economic and electoral reforms, and we'd like to know what our audience thinks those should be.

To see CEI-Profiled programs located in Myanmar, click here.


Photo Credit: UN, Rick Bajornas

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