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

April 01, 2016Duncan McCullough

This Week at CEI:

CEI’s just announced Early Learning Toolkit Workshop, taking place on the 14th of April in New Delhi, is already attracting an exciting array of India’s leading innovators in education. The workshop will introduce new users to the Early Learning Toolkit, a digital platform designed to provide easy-to-access tools and resources to implementers working to improve learning in low and middle-income contexts. Rather than taking a didactic approach full of long lectures, the workshop will instead focus on facilitating interaction between participants and the online tools so that attendees can identify practical next steps to increase their impact and overcome current challenges. To view a Draft Agenda of the innovative workshop, click here. And if you will be in New Delhi on April 14th, RSVP now and secure your spot!

“Does the way a girl feels about herself and her abilities really affect her learning progress?” Feyi Rodway, a gender and education specialist with the Girls’ Education Challenge explores this question and more in the CEI Blog’s latest post. Feyi includes examples like the Making Ghanaian Girls Great project to highlight the important work being done to address the critical barrier that girls’ own self-esteem and lack of confidence can be for their academic success. Read more…

CEI’s Blog also recently featured James Centenera, who shared his experience striving to turn the challenges of a rapidly growing urban city into opportunities for innovative learning experiences. James is the CEO and Co-founder of TULA – The Ultimate Learning Accelerator, based in Manila, The Philippines, an after or before-school program for students from the Pre-Primary through Lower Secondary level that emphasizes developing 21st century skills and essential character traits like grit, curiosity, and courage. Read more…

Upcoming Events

Collective Advocacy In Action: Women And Girls Raise Their Voices
April 5, 2016: Washington, DC

Women Thrive Worldwide and their partners in the Alliance for Women’s Solutions will share lessons on how the voices of women and girls can be fostered through capacity building training, amplified through collective advocacy, and ultimately heeded by policymakers. Senior representatives from Women Thrive Worldwide, the Rural Women’s Network Nepal, the Forum for African Women Educationalists, and World Learning will speak. Click here to RSVP.

Youth Transforming Africa
April 12, 2016: Washington, DC

One of the most interesting side-events for the upcoming Spring Meetings at the IMF and World Bank is being organized by the George Washington University, and will explore in partnership with the Bank the importance of investing in scientific and technical education to equip youth with marketable skills. Approaches to supporting increased youth entrepreneurialism will also be discussed.

Early Learning Toolkit Workshop
April 14, 2016: New Delhi

Have we mentioned our upcoming Early Learning Toolkit Workshop later this month in New Delhi? You’ll have to excuse our excitement, but the opportunity to take a digital toolkit out into the field and interact with implementers from all levels is one about which we can’t keep quiet! The workshop will bring together some of the most innovative educators in India today, including those making an impact in the classroom, working as school leadership officials, program staff at the ground and management level, government and international institution experts, and funders focused on education in India and around the world. Click here to RSVP, and click here to review the Draft Agenda.

Funding Opportunities

Young Lions Health Award - Cannes Lions in partnership with Unicef
Deadline: April 4, 2016

The Young Lions Health Award aims to discover the next generation of young talent in creative communications and raise awareness about the importance of children’s first years of life for their social, emotional and cognitive development. The winner will be invited to attend Lions Health on 18-19 June in Cannes, France, where they will receive their award during the official ceremony attended by close to 1,000 experts from the healthcare communications industry. Professionals working in advertising agencies or client organizations are called to respond to a UNICEF brief, which will be judged by a panel of experts including UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Shakira Mebarak.

Call for nominations: 2016 UNESCO Prize for girls’ and women’s education
Deadline: April 20, 2016

UNESCO is seeking nominations for outstanding innovation and contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education. It is the first UNESCO Prize of this nature and is unique in showcasing successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives. Click here to view the application guide.

EU Aid Volunteers Initiative Deployment - Call for proposals
Deadline: May 17, 2016

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative supports the humanitarian community to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid, while also building the capacity and resilience of local communities affected by disasters globally. These calls are managed by the Commission's Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), and is seeking to support additional projects that contribute to disaster risk reduction and resilience building, helping communities and local humanitarian organizations be better prepared for, withstand and recover from disasters. To see additional guidelines for the call, click here. And to view a list of priority countries for deployment, click here.

Community Impact Grants from the Information Society Innovation Fund – ISIF Asia
Deadline: May 21, 2016

ISIF Asia is asking for applications from innovative projects working for development in the Asia Pacific region on areas such as women & girls in IT, democracy enhancement, open data, applications for economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, health and education. Two grants totaling 60,000 AUD will be awarded for new ideas, and 50,000 AUD will be used to support scale-up of an existing program.

Empowering Grassroots: Apply for Support from the Smile Foundation

Are you working with a grassroots NGO in India that works to empower the bottom of the social and economic pyramid? The Smile Foundation supports genuine grassroots NGOs across India to bring excellence, good governance and sustainability in local areas like education. Click here to submit a proposal and increase your impact!

Global Education News

Round-up of the Global Education and Skills Forum

We asked how we could take greater collective responsibility for public education and skills development and we received a wealth of well-informed, engaging and innovative ideas. In its fourth year, the Forum hosted close to double the number of sessions of its predecessor, showcasing the expertise of 145 speakers, 80% of whom were new faces. Read more…

How Kenya Is Getting Teen Moms Back In School
By Hezron Ochiel

Christine Gathoni dreamed of becoming a doctor, not a patient, grimacing in pain as she pushed her baby girl into the world. But boredom and frustration at her parents’ inability to pay for her education led her to sex, pregnancy and motherhood at the age of 19 with only two years of secondary education to go. Read more…


Duncan McCullough is a Communications Associate at the Center for Education Innovations, proud Masters graduate of George Mason University, and former White House Staffer. 

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