News and Views: This Week at CEI

October 31, 2014Calla McCabe

This week at CEI:

It's been a busy two weeks here at CEI.  First, two members of the team attended the Center for Global Development event titled Putting ‘Pay-for-Performance’ to the Test: The Effects of Rewarding Teacher Attendance in Uganda.  In addition, CEI staff attended the mEducation Alliance Symposium and Exhibit Fair.  At the fair, the team connected with key players in the Education Technology space and came up to speed on the latest innovations in the field. USAID's Anthony Bloome summarizes the main highlights from the fair here.

CEI has also been in the media spotlight lately. A blog post on UNICEF's Connect blog describes how UNICEF and CEI are working together to define education innovations as well as finding local solutions to global problems. Meanwhile, an article in the Guardian Nigeria describes new initiatives being spearheaded by CEI's Nigeria hub - TEP Centre. Finally, according to a Mail and Guardian article, CEI provided the inspiration for a teaching model that offers relevant, interactive curriculum content to students in Johannesburg.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 30- November 1 | Education that Pays for Itself 2014 Conference in Uganda 3 days of lively workshops, debates and presentations. Our participants include educators, policymakers, business people, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and NGOs from around the world, all sharing their ideas and knowledge on transforming young people from job seekers to job creators through educational and profitable school businesses. To learn more, click here!
  • November 3-4 | Youth Economic Opportunity will be hosting a webinar titled Understanding The Technology Skills Training Landscape: Framework & Tool.  This webinar will be held with Microsoft and will be discussing the developing technology skills landscape.  This webinar will also be held in three different time zones! To learn more and see when the webinar will be taking place in your time zone click here!
  • 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 10 | UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Learning Today for a Sustainable Future will be held in Japan.  The 2014 World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development will carry out a stock-taking of the implementation of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and celebrate the Decade’s achievements. The Conference will showcase initiatives, actors, networks and ideas that were stimulated by the DESD. Examples of good practice from all over the world will play an important role in identifying viable approaches to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), as well as key areas for future action. Learn more here!
  • 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.    
  • November 24-27 | Workshop: Affordable Quality Pre-Primary Education in Challenging Environments will take place in Zanzibar. It gathers participants from 11 African countries along with other organizations and private foundations to discuss ways to operationalize affordable, good quality national early childhood education programs in classrooms and other settings to reach the most vulnerable young children.


  • November 18 | Second deadline to apply for the 2015 Hult Prize.  This 6th annual Hilt Prize challenge is Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and beyond. The challenge specifically asks teams to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address the early childhood education gap in kids 0-6 years old. For a timeline for the 2015 competition click here.
  • November 24 | Results for Development Institute (R4D) is excited to announce a request for applications to become a Country or Regional Partner for a new center focused on scaling innovations in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. R4D will provide grants to an initial group of 2 to 3 Country or Regional Partners based in low and middle-income countries to identify and document innovative WASH programs and facilitate linkages among stakeholders in their country or region, including program implementers, policymakers, researchers and funders. For more information on the application process and procedures click here.
  • 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.
  • Open| 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.
  • Open| 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.
  • Open| 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

Evidence is continuously emerging showing that teachers are responsible for the level of quality education students are receiving.  A recent publication from the World Bank show that teachers in the Caribbean and Latin America represent 4% of the region's labor force and 20% of its professional workers with a total of 7 million professionals as teachers.  However, despite their numbers, many teachers work in challenging conditions, which can have a negative effect on learning outcomes.  The book is titled Great Teachers: How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean and it presents the latest evidence on the three core strategies for raising teacher quality: attracting high-talent students into teaching careers, developing their skills effectively, and using incentives to motivate high performance..

Recently, 43 students went missing in Mexico.  These students, in their late teens and early 20’s, were all studying to become teachers.  According to witnesses, 49 students were arrested and 6 were killed while the other 43 have disappeared.  These students were studying at a rural school where conditions were bad and were protesting against hiring discrimination on the night they disappeared.  Some are connecting the disappearance to organized mass crime and even drug cartels.  The presence of drug and gang related violence has long plagued Mexico and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  In August, we examined the crisis in Honduras, where gang and drug related violence was keeping children from school and forcing them to flee to neighbouring countries.  Gang violence, whether it's on a small or large scale can have profound and long-lasting effects on education outcomes, and as such it must be urgently addressed. 

Point of Departure

Join CEI this year at the annual WISE Summit! We will be hosting a Meet-Up titled Emerging Trends in Innovations on Tuesday from 14:15-15:00 in corner 5 Majlis at the Qatar National Convention Center.  During this time, we will be examining programming themes and emerging models of practice in ECD programs and Girls’ Education programs profiled in the CEI database, and exploring potential areas for future analysis. 

Results for Development (R4D) Managing Director, Nicholas Burnett and Senior Program Associate, Kavita Hatipoglu will be giving you first hand insight to our topic portals and are eager for your feedback. 

If you’re attending WISE, please sign up for this Meet-Up on WISE PLUS.  We hope to see you there!

Weigh In!

For those who are not attending the WISE Summit next week, we still want your input on our topic portals! Comment below and let us know what topics are of interest to you and help us determine our future thematic options and analysis.


Photo courtesy of the Slum-2-School Initative.

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