News and Views: This Week at CEI

November 14, 2014Calla McCabe

This week at CEI:

This past week Results for Development (R4D) Managing Director, Nicholas Burnett and Senior Program Associate, Kavita Hatipoglu traveled to the annual WISE summit in Doha.  At the summit, CEI hosted a Meet-Up to discuss 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 while giving a detailed insight into our Topic Portals

Burnett also co-hosted a debate titled Education Post-2015 Poverty: Social, Economic & Cultural Changes.  This debate covered the link between poverty and education and how the success or failure of one will affect the other.  To learn more about this event, our meet up and other highlights, click here

Upcoming Events:

  • 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 18-20 | The conference Innovation Africa 2014 will be hosted by the Ministry of Education of Rwanda, in Kigali, Rwanda on November 18-20, 2014.  This conference will aim to discuss key issues of education, innovation, vocational skills, information and communication technologies, and curriculum development in Africa.  The forum attracts delegations from 40 African countries as well as business partners from around the world.  For more information, click here.
  • 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 25 | USAID, FHI 360, and Making Cents International will be hosting a webinar and in-person event titled Advancing Labor Market Assessments.  Despite widespread dialogue on youth employment challenges, and increasing attention to the evaluation of “what works” in youth employment programs, guidance is limited on how practitioners and workforce stakeholders can identify the driving constraints and opportunities within a specific country context.  To registrar for the in-person event or webinar click here
  • February 12-14 | Institute for Human Development Inaugural Conference 2015 will be taking place in Kenya February 12-14, 2105. IHD is an entity devoted to interdisciplinary research and integrative, cross-sector approaches to program design and service delivery. This conference is aimed at people from all disciplines/fields, professions, and service delivery sectors associated with knowledge, policies, and interventions on early human development. For event details, click here.
  • March 26-27 | Mark your calendar! P21 Summit on 21st Century Learning in Action will take place March 26-27, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC! More information on the event will be coming very soon! 


  • 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 21 | Call for Conference Presentation Proposals for the Institute for Human Development Inaugural Conference 2015.  This conference presents opportunities for participants to learn about some of the most recent advances in the science of early human development and about innovations in the design and evaluation of community-based programs and services delivered in low-resource regions of the world. To learn more about submission guidelines 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.
  • January 15, 2015 | Call for applications for the 2015 WISE Awards will celebrate six innovative educational projects for their excellence and positive contribution to education and society. The Awards highlight initiatives found to be most creative and effective in finding solutions to education challenges at any level and in all environments. In bringing forward these models, WISE is helping build a network of recognized change-makers to inspire change in education.  Guidelines, application form, and brochure are all available to download here.
  • April 30, 2015 | Call for Proposals for the 2015 ALAS-IDB Award is now open! ALAS and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have teamed up for the third time to find the best centers, professionals, publications and innovations in Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Latin America and the Caribbean.  For more information about the ALAS-IDB Award, click here.
  • 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) 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

CEI profiled program PenPal Schools won the Dell World 2014 Pitch Slam, besting six other finalists in a 5-minute pitch competition in front of a panel of judges, including Michael Dell himself.  PenPal Schools is a Texas, United States based non profit that provides six-week courses on global issues and connects its students with a partner from around the world to help them understand others' cultures, ideas, and perspectives on these topics. PenPal Schools offers its program on a Pay-What-You-Want basis, allowing those from low-income areas to participate for free.  The Pitch Slam was hosted by The Center for Entrepreneurs which is Dell’s initiative to help emerging businesses gain the resources, expertise and solutions they need to get to market more quickly. This annual competition provides a rare opportunity for startups to get their businesses in front of key decision makers at Dell.  The finalists were given just 3 minutes each to make their pitches to an impressive panel of judges.  Congratulations to PenPals Schools for this award! 

On the morning of Monday November 10, 2014, a suicide attacker disguised as a student detonated a bomb at a boarding school in northern Nigeria, killing nearly 50 boys between 10 and 20 years old.  Many suspect the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, although they have yet to claim credit for the attack.  The bomber was wearing a school uniform when he appeared at the morning assembly at the Government Senior Science Secondary School in Potiskum where more than 2,000 students were gathered waiting for their teachers to address them.  Witnesses say that when the asked why he was not wearing the school’s badge, he knelt and detonated the bomb.  Over the last three years, various towns in Northern Nigeria  have been attacked by Boko Haram,  a militant Islamist movement that targets western education style schools. Monday’s attack, which also wounded nearly 80 people, was one of the worst attacks to date. Many are upset with the government claiming that they are not doing enough to protect students and others from the attacks.  Students recall seeing mangled bodies of their classmates and family members.  Schools in northern Nigeria are becoming increasingly becoming unsafe with many refusing to attend school due to the fear of death or kidnapping.  

Point of Departure

The meet-up held by CEI titled Emerging Trends in Innovations hosted an audience of program implementers, researchers and funders.  CEI found that there is a desire for more and detailed information on our topic portals.  Upcoming protals include Education Technlolgy, Low-Cost Private schools, and Public and Private Partnerships.  

Weigh In!

Now is your chance to tell us what you want to see! Do agree what the feedback CEI was given at the 2014 WISE Summit? Are there any other topics you are interested in seeing covered on our topic protals?

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