Countdown with CEI: Our top 13 of 2013!

December 18, 2013Kimberly Josephson
Welcome to the CEI 2013 countdown! The Center for Education Innovations turns 6 months old this month. Our programs database now has more than 300 innovations working to increase access and quality of education and skills training for the poor. But what does the number '300' mean, really? As the countdown to a new year begins, we decided to give you a different look into what CEI has to offer...


13... days until the new year!


12... documents in our Research & Evidence Library address girls' education in Sub-Saharan Africa

Featured: Because I am a Girl: Africa Report 2012 discusses progress and remaining obstacles for girls' education in Africa. 


11... programs operate in Afghanistan

Featured: School in a Box: Advancing Girls' Education in Afghanistan was developed while working at the Al Fatah School in Kabul and is being replicated in 11 other public schools through 2014. It aims to improve the quality of girls’ primary and secondary education through teacher training, student counseling, infrastructure improvements, and community engagement.


10... programs target girls at the secondary level

Featured: AGE Africa supports disadvantaged girls in rural Malawi to complete secondary school with scholarships, an extracurricular life skills program, and post-secondary assistance to pursue higher education or income-generating activities.


9... mobile innovations that move with the community

Featured: Mobile Ger Kindergartens travel each summer to serve hard-to-reach children of nomadic herder families in Mongolia and come equipped with furniture, teaching materials, toys, and meals for students.


8... innovations have reached more than 1 million learners. Wow!

Featured: The Escuela Nueva Model was originally developed in the mid-1970s to improve the quality of rural public schools in Colombia. Centered around the use of an active learning methodology, Escuela Nueva was adopted as a national policy in Colombia and has been replicated in 16 countries around the world.


7... programs use television to engage learners and train teachers

Featured: Digital Study Hall (DiSH) uses interactive video lessons to deliver quality lessons in public primary schools in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, simultaneously training teachers to improve pedagogy and teaching practices.


6... programs in Colombia engage the public sector in their work

Featured: Enseña por Colombia is a teaching and leadership development program designed to bring about both classroom and widespread change in the education system. Exceptional graduates are recruited from the country's top universities to teach for two years in the most underserved public and semi-private schools.


5... country and regional hub partnerships are at the core of CEI's global reach

Featured: Staff members gather at the first annual CEI global summit in Uganda in September 2013. While CEI is managed out of Results for Development Institute (R4D) in Washington, DC, partners in South Africa, East Africa, Nigeria, Pakistan, and India are critical to the project's work in these regions.


4... early childhood education & development (ECED) initiatives in Nigeria

Featured: Chalk House Play & Learn Centers cater to the education needs of disadvantaged children who have not only missed out on the benefits of early childhood learning, but are presently without access to quality education opportunities.


3... innovations specifically finance education for out-of-school children (OOSC)

Featured: StayInSchool Nigeria operates through a volunteer system, made up of teachers, doctors, lawyers, education consultants, child rights campaigners and other professionals. These volunteers provide scholarships, educational supplies, meals, and transportation for enrolled children to help mitigate the risk of dropping out. 


2... wheels help get kids to school thanks to initiatives that donate bikes!

Featured: Bicycles for Education Empowerment Program (BEEP) works with international NGOs and local communities to reduce student absenteeism by providing bicycles to students to commute to school.


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Happy new year, from everyone at the Center for Education Innovations!
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