Center for Education Innovations: This Week's News and Views

October 03, 2014Calla McCabe

This week at CEI:

This week, CEI has added new innovative programs profiles to our growing database.  Many of the programs are effective because they offer new ways to provide support to students and teachers.

Begin by checking out Early Childhood Education – Asidlale to see how they are developing skills training for ECD teachers  Next, take a look at Tomorrow Trust to see how their program supports orphaned and vulnerable children to achieve their educational goals as.  Finally, read about Future First Kenya and how they aim to grow alumni associations for high schools and provide role models and career goals for students and graduates.

If you want to explore our database further or narrow your program search by specific country or type of program just click here!

Upcoming Events:

  • October 15-18 | 28th Annual Conference of the AEA - Hosted by the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the theme of this year's event is Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. To take place in Denver, CO.
  • October 30- November 1 | Education that Pays for Itself 2014 Conference in Uganda 3 days of lively workshops, debates and presentations. Our participants include educators, policymakers, business people, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and NGOs from around the world, all sharing their ideas and knowledge on transforming young people from job seekers to job creators through educational and profitable school businesses. To learn more, click here!
  • November 4-6 | 2014 WISE Summit - The 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will convene in Doha, Qatar, under the theme Imagine – Create – Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education.
  • November 17-22 | 5th Annual Global Education Conference - This free, week-long online event will bring together educators and innovators from around the world to promote global awareness, foster global competency, and inspire action towards solving real–world problems.    


Education News

The economic cost of out-of-school children is well-documented. Yet many children continue to miss out on school because of poverty or inequality of some kind.  The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) released an interactive infographic that draws attention to unacceptable levels of education inequality across countries and between groups within countries, with the aim of helping to inform policy design and public debate.

At the 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (CGI), Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others announced an exciting collaboration between more than 30 companies, civil society organizations, and governments with one goal, to improve learning and leadership opportunities for young women and girls.  This effort, CHARGE – Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education, has committed over $600 million dollars to reach 14 million girls over five years.  Companies involved in this effort include BRAC International, Camfed, Mastercard Foundation, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Global Partnership for Education.  To see the full list of donors and to learn more about CHARGE, click here.  

Point of Departure

This past week the UN had its 69th general assembly in New York City.  The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, gave the key note speech at the Global Education First Initiative’s (GEFI) high-level event.  This event brought together leaders from more than 15 different countries and stressed different educational problems affecting countries around the world.  Mostly, the leaders underlined the importance of providing education to children, especially the most disadvantaged and highlighted the role education can play in eradicating poverty, transforming countries, economies and futures of children everywhere.

The First Lady outlined the impediments to education that adolescent girls face including child marriage, genital cutting, domestic violence and discrimination. Educating adolescent girls, she said, is not only about providing resources but also changing attitudes. Additionally, the President of the Republic of Korea, the Prime Minister of Denmark and the Prime Minister of Norway all announced their financial dedication and even doubling their spending on the global education crisis. “For the first time in history, it is possible to deliver good-quality education to all children and I think we can not afford to miss this kind of opportunity,” said the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg.

Weigh In!

As illustrated above, donor countries are beginning to focus more time and attention to improving education outcomes in the developing world. How can innovative education programs build on this momentum to ensure that increased funding and policy action has the maximum impact?

Photograph courtesy of Kibera School for Girls.

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