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

September 25, 2015Duncan McCullough

This Week at CEI

In partnership with CEI, the University of Cape Town’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship released its inaugural Education Innovator’s Review on Wednesday. The comprehensive yet sharp review examines South Africa’s education sector with a focus on the learner at the center, surrounded by the vital stakeholders needed for successful systemic change: teachers, parents and caregivers, school leadership, Government and the private sector. Explore the report for in-depth looks at specific programs and local experts’ opinions highlighting the need for innovation and the likely components of viable solutions to the challenges South Africa’s education sector faces.

CEI also recently conducted its latest Innovator Interview, this time with Project Hello World. This innovative program provides isolated and vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa with educational content and Internet access through outdoor solar-powered and Internet-enabled computer stations, the Hello Hubs. We spoke with Projects for All Founder, Katrin Macmillan about Hello World’s empowerment of local community-members to achieve sustainable impact. We hope you’ll read for yourself more about this excellent example of the powerful combination that education technology and community engagement can become.

CEI was also fortunate to cross-publish the recent blog by Michelle Neuman, Program Director at Results for Development, originally posted on the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFA GMR) Blog. Neuman explains how early learning specifically will be a critical component in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal for Education. She outlines four issues, “4 I’s”, that must be addressed in order to make quality early learning a reality for all: Inequality, Integration, Investment, and Indicators.

Events and Opportunities

Sept 29, 1:00 to 4:00pm
Brookings hosts an event next week on the critical issue of Accelerating Progress in Girls’ Education. The event, hosted in partnership with the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings Initiative will provide a sneak peek of the new book What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment, a rigorous review of the latest evidence and strategies that work to reach the 62 million girls around the world who are without an education. It will also explore innovative models for cultivating women’s leadership in girls’ education, a crucial element for accelerating progress.

Open Call
World Bank Group (WBG) and Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) are jointly launching a Call for Proposals for Africa Centers of Excellence. The key regional development priorities identified for this Project are in four cluster areas: (i) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); (ii) Agriculture; (iii) Health; and (iv) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and Quality of Education, and Applied Statistics. (ACEs) for Eastern and Southern Africa. For a list of supporting countries, as well as additional information on how to submit, click here.

Deadline: Oct 7
The Tata Social Enterprise Challenge is a joint initiative of the Tata Group with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) seeks social entrepreneurs who have an early stage venture (not older than three years) or a promising idea with a plan that could create sustainable social impact in India. In addition, the enterprise is required to demonstrate significant social impact through results or proof of concept. For more information about the application process, click here.

Deadline: Nov 16
The Open Education Consortium and the AGH University of Science and Technology, organizers of the Open Education Global Conference 2016, invite proposals for conference sessions to take place in Kraków, Poland April 12-14. The conference will explore the ways that open educational practices are meeting the needs of 21st century education, including within formal and informal sectors. For a full list of additional themes, and information about submitting your proposal, click here.

Education News from Around the World

The week of formal adoption for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals is now upon us, and global thought-leaders certainly have a lot to say on this critical next step for international development.

Devex is providing live updates from New York this week for all things global development. Check the feed to find updates on The 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the Social Good Summit, plus a multitude of side parties and events.

Haroon Bhorat’s recent blog at Brookings discusses the SDG’s in the specific context of sub-Saharan Africa’s significant inequality challenges. He argues that in this region, where the SDG’s are arguably most pertinent, the relationship between economic growth and inequality are key to constructive progress.

Finally, make sure you see UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s most recent article, published on the Huffington Post. He writes optimistically about the new vision for the world outlined in the SDGs, and implores the global community to follow through with their laudable commitments. “That's the plan” he writes, “that's the promise; let's get to work!”

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