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April 21, 2017Duncan McCullough

This week at CEI

From rote-learning to self-learning: Nurturing future-fit leaders
Magna Rautenbach describes her work transforming rote-learning to self-learning in South Africa, and why such a change is critical in preparing students for the 21st century. Read more...

Building a qualitative evidence base with education innovations
Corinne Hoogakker looks back at her time at CEI working in partnership with innovative educators to collect and share not only hard data, but the stories, experiences, and examples that give it meaning. Read more...

What can other development sectors learn from education?
Nicholas Burnett and Tara Hill look at four principles for effective innovation financing in education, and explore how they are relevant to other development sectors. Read more...


Upcoming Events

Innovations in Youth Employment
April 25, Washington DC

The multi-country New Employment Opportunities (NEO) initiative, led by the Inter-American Development Bank, will foster a dialogue that explores sustainable, large-scale solutions to the challenge of youth unemployment. It will feature speakers who have been involved in this regional program from public and private sectors.

UKFIET Conference 2017: Learning and Teaching for Sustainable Development
September 5-7, Oxford, UK

Registration is now open for the Education and Development Forum- UKFIET 2017 conference under the theme Learning and Teaching for Sustainable Development: Curriculum, Cognition, and Context. The conference brings together participants from bilateral and multilateral agencies, consultants, international NGOs, and universities who will engage in critical dialogue around international education. For more information and registration, click here.

Crime, conflict, and regime transitions: Colombia, Nigeria, and Myanmar
April 28, Washington DC

The Latin America Initiative at Brookings will host a panel discussion of the crime-conflict-regime transition dynamics and launch the findings of a United Nations University Centre for Policy Research project on this topic, with several of the study authors briefing their case studies and policy recommendations.

Funding Opportunities

Call for Concept Notes, 2017 Global Center for Youth Employment Ideathon
Deadline: April 25, 2017

The Global Center for Youth Employment, in partnership with the Ford Foundation and 1776 will host a 2-day Ideathon to source, co-design, and invest in innovative collective impact solutions to youth employment. While breakthrough ideas are expected, we also value the ability to build on existing opportunities and proven strategies. $250,000 in funding and the collective power of the Center's members is up for grabs. Submit an expression of interest by April 25 to be selected to pitch an idea. Submission instructions and selection criteria can be found here.

Open Call for the Most Innovative Startups from Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Florida
Deadline: May 4, 2017

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Miami Dade College (MDC) are launching an open call to select the most innovative startups in the creative and cultural industries. The 12 best startups from Latin America and the Caribbean and the five most innovative startups from South Florida will be presented. Especially relevant categories include Design with Social Responsibility, and Multimedia to Save the World. For more information on criteria and the application process, click here.

Call for Proposals, ISSA Conference 2017
Deadline: May 8, 2017

It is time to embrace a systemic approach to addressing the critical problems that hinder children and families rights, and to learn from local responsive approaches to build competent early childhood systems. If you have research or experience that can stimulate the learning of those in attendance at the International Step by Step Association’s (ISSA) 2017 convening, click here.

Global Education News

Acting on Malala’s message: Girls’ education can lead to a healthier planet
Amanda Braga and Christina Kwauk

Last week, as Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, accepted honorary citizenship in front of the Canadian Parliament, her message was clear: girls from all over the world hold the key to today’s most pressing global challenges and climate change is chief among them. At the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, we couldn’t agree more and think her point deserves further emphasis and elaboration. Read more… 

Stories and stats: How qualitative methods help us read between the numbers
Hannah Hilligoss

This is the first post in the “Stories and Stats” blog series, which will share some exciting quantitative trends from the Transparency for Development (T4D) Project, and will dig into the stories behind the numbers. This post shares stories from T4D communities in Indonesia that demonstrate the importance of leaving room for local knowledge and creativity in international development projects. Read more…

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