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

May 27, 2016Duncan McCullough

This Week at CEI

Transforming Children's Lives 'One Game at a Time'
By Duncan McCullough:

Many children around the word still spend too much of their time in classrooms memorizing and repeating phrases without true exploration or passion. This reliance on rote-learning methods is a major contributor to the global learning crisis, and innovators around the world are working to inject creativity and flexibility into education. The Magic Bus program in India is one such organization, stepping in to fill the gap between the skills students need and the education they are receiving. Read More...

The Growing Impact of Social and Emotional Learning
By Minju Choi:

What if by developing children’s social and emotional capacities, we can more effectively improve their literacy skills, numeracy skills, and future livelihoods? While there has been much attention in the education field on improving children’s literacy and numeracy skills, less attention has been given to children’s social and emotional learning. Read More...

Step Away from the Screen: How Face-to-Face Interactions Can Improve Digital Resources
By Wambui Munge:

In a world where so many of our interactions and experiences occur virtually, whether it’s a workday filled with emails and webinars, or an evening spent exchanging text messages about your favorite TV show, there is something energizing about unplugging and connecting with colleagues face-to-face. Read More...

Upcoming Events

Devex World 2016
June 14, 2016: Washington DC

Devex's annual global development conference showcases a review of the year’s latest innovations in the international development sphere. The conference will offer 30 workshops, expert interactives, multimedia & hands-on experiences and conversations with leaders in the field. Topics of discussion will include 1) data collection 2) movement building 3) new funding models 4) innovating at scale and 5) business transformation development.

Is ECD Inter-sectoral Coordination Too Complicated to Work?
June 15, 2016: Online

The World Bank will host a webinar as part of their Early Learning Partnership series. This webinar will share findings and examples from IEG’s Evaluation of World Bank Support for Early Childhood Development, highlighting challenges and potential solutions for inter-sectoral coordination at the country level with ministries and other partners to support the development of young children.

Innovation for Development: Why Are We not Getting to Scale?
June 13, 2016: Washington DC

Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of USAID’s Global Development Lab, keynotes a discussion, hosted by the Center for Global Development, where innovators and experts will dissect the challenges and explore opportunities to do better in harnessing innovation for development. Click here to RSVP and learn more about the event.

Funding Opportunities

Grants For Technical Innovation, Community Development, Governance Enhancement, And Education
Deadline: May 31, 2016

The FIRE Africa Scale-Up Grants will provide three Grants of up to US$ 30,000 each for three existing projects to scale up activities and move to the next level of their cycle. The grants will be provided to programs especially in the following regions: Central Africa, Eastern Africa, North Africa and Middle East, Southern Africa, West Africa. Visit this site to learn more about how you can get involved.

ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Program
Deadline: July 26, 2016

The UK's Department for International Development is partnering with the Economic and Social Research Council to fund a £20 million program aimed at generating world-class cutting-edge social science research that addresses key questions on learning outcomes within education systems in developing countries. The 2016 call is focused on the theme of ‘Accountability’ and the core question - how do accountability relationships and processes within developing country education systems enable or inhibit the raising of learning outcomes?

Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs: Professional Development Grants Program
Deadline: July 1, 2016

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office of Indian Education is offering a grant that supports Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs. The Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs aims to support special programs for youth in India. Learn more here.

Global Education News

Cartoonist Reimagines World Where Girls Haul Books, Not Water
By Eleanor Goldberg:

Exactly how different would the lives of girls in developing areas look if they were tasked with carting around books instead of water? Netherlands-based cartoonist Jean Gouders has a pretty clear, and powerful, vision. Read More...


New fund launches to address global education crisis
Joint Press Release:

Global and national organisations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for, and drive investment in, education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises... Education Cannot Wait – a fund for education in emergencies, announced during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, aims to reach more than 13.6 million children and youth living in crisis situations, such as conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks, with quality education over the next five years, and 75 million children and youth in desperate need of education by 2030. Read More...



Photo Credits: Magic Bus ; Asia Development Bank ; CEI ; Jean Gouders ; UNICEF Ethiopia



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