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

July 25, 2014Kristen Grauer

This Week at CEI

This week we're celebrating the one year anniversary of CEI with an infographic full of key highlights and milestones along with a blog post authored by R4D Program Director, Donika Dimovska, who shares insight on what we've learned about the universe of education innovations over the last year and what we plan to accomplish in the future.

We've also added a number of new education programs to the CEI Database. Start by checking out the FACE Salam Project for Street Children to learn more about innovative strategies for reaching out-of-school children in Cairo or Mindspark Centers to discover how technology is transforming the way children learn in Delhi.

Upcoming Events

  • July 29 | CEI South Africa Conversations with J-PAL - Our partners in South Africa kick off their series of conversations with the The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Teaching to the Level of the Child. Follow this event and learn about the entire J-PAL series on the University of Cape Town GSB Bertha Centre Blog.
  • July 29 | Beyond Disaggregated Indicators - Making Cents International to host a webinar on the importance of gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation strategies to enhance learning.
  • October 6-8 | 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit - Hosted by Making Cents International, this annual event convenes over 400 education stakeholders from over 50 countries. To take place October 6-8 in Washington, D.C.
  • October 10-12 | Creating a Society for All: Reconsidering Early Childhood Services - The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) invites you to participate in this international conference for shared learning and a joint exploration to re-consider early childhood services for children from birth through primary school.
  • 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.
  • 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. 



  • July 31 | 3ie Challenge for the Impact Evaluation Community - The launch of 3ie’s newly revamped Impact Evaluation Repository is a major milestone, marking the culmination of the first systematic attempt to capture all qualifying impact evaluations in the international development sector. Think there is something we've missed? Submit your study today.
  • August 15 | Brookings Call for Case Studies - Brookings is seeking case studies to support its Millions Learning campaign. Learn more about selection criteria and the application process here.
  • August 15 | mEducation Call for Proposals - The 2014 Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance International Symposium seeks presentation proposals on mobile interventions that improve literacy and numeracy for marginalized or hard-to-reach learners.
  • August 31 HDIF Call for Proposals - HDIF is a competitive challenge fund which provides grants to organizations driving innovative approaches which aim to improve the quality, value-for-money, and sustainability of basic services in education, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania. Apply today!
  • September 8 | WISE Accelerator Program | For this inaugural year, the WISE Accelerator will be dedicated to providing support and guidance to projects addressing educational challenges through the use and/or design of technology. Apply today!
  • October 5 | Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize - Applications for world’s first one million dollar teacher prize are now open. Nominate an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
  • December 1 | CIES Call for Proposals - The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) seeks submissions for its 59th Annual Conference, taking place March 8-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Proposals should align with the event theme Ubunti! Imagining a Humanist Education Globally. Early bird deadline is October 6.
  • Various Dates | Early Childhood Intervention Survey - The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) invites you to participate in a brief survey about the status of early childhood intervention in your country. The questionnaire should take only 20 minutes.
  • Various Dates | Atlas Corps Fellowship - This 12-18 month professional fellowship is offered three times a year for nonprofit leaders from around the world. Develop leadership skills from the Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series in either the U.S. or Latin America.
  • Various Dates | Global Funding Opportunities - The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) just released its June newsletter which features global funding opportunities from the Global Fund for ChildrenDubai CaresFord Foundation, and several other organizations. Apply for these opportunities here


Education News

How can edtech improve educational opportunities for marginalized girls? - Last week, [DFID] announced a strategic partnership with Avanti Communications, to implement a project in Kenya as part of the Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC). The flagship Girls’ Education Challenge is supporting up to 1 million of the world’s poorest girls to improve their lives through education. The GEC strategic partnerships window provides match-funding to private sector partners to explore new ways of improving learning opportunities for girls in remote and/or marginalized communities. The first strategic partnership between DFID and Discovery Communications was announced in October 2013, and will implement projects in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. Within the strategic partnerships window, the majority of interest has come from technology companies. This has led DFID to jointly invest in several projects which incorporate technology as an aspect of their approach – to expanding access to education and improving teaching and learning among marginalized girls. Read more...

[Originally posted by DFID]

Women's Education Helps Avert Child Marriage - This week, a Girl Summit is being held in London, aimed at rallying efforts to end female genital mutilation and child marriage within a generation. This blog looks at the vital role that education plays in helping reduce child marriages and the child pregnancies that often occur as a result. Around 2.9 million girls are married by the age of 15 in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia, equivalent to one in eight girls in each region, according to estimates in the 2013/4 EFA Global Monitoring Report. These shocking statistics mean millions of girls are robbed of their childhood and denied an education. [The EFA GMR] Report also showed, without a doubt, that ensuring that girls stay in school is one of the most effective ways to prevent child marriage. Read more...

[Originally posted by EFA GMR]


Point of Departure

After an entire year of identifying innovative education programs from around the world, analyzing key trends in the non-state sector, and connecting various stakeholders to one another through the CEI website and our local hubs, we reflect with a critical eye upon our progress thus far and what we hope to accomplish in the future. One of the most effective ways to gauge our impact is to garner feedback from the very program implementers, researchers, funders, and innovators that we seek to reach.  

That being said, we would love to find out what CEI has meant to YOU over the last twelve months and what you would like to see from us in the years to come.

WEIGH IN - What aspects of CEI have been of value to you during our first year? In what areas do you think we could improve our efforts to increase access to quality, affordable, and equitable education for the world's poor?

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