News and Views: This Week at CEI

December 19, 2014Calla McCabe

This Week at CEI:

This week, three new programs have been added to the CEI database, bringing us even closer to the 600 profiles mark. To learn more about recently added programs, first, check out iSmart Kenya, a sales agency that trains young people to become door-to-door sales agents and store assistants. Participants in the program receive training and coaching to develop transferable professional development skills which equip them to excel independently and create a livelihood out of poverty.  Next, take a look at Sparrow Schools which aims to see that children with barriers to learning are equipped with education and skills through targeted curriculum and support. Finally, read about the Good Work Foundation brings educational interventions to rural South Africa to promote digital, English, and math literacy and life skills through digital learning centers, as well as further training through career training academies.

If your program is profiled on CEI, then you recently received an email inviting you to share program updates and ring in 2015 with an upgraded profile. The year is quickly drawing to a close, so don't forget to carve out some time to complete our simple, user-friendly profile update form.

Are there any programs in your city or country you think should be profiled on CEI?  Let us know here!

Upcoming Events:

  • January 29-30, 2015 | The 2nd UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education will be taking place in Paris, France in late January 2015! Building on the outcomes of the First Forum in December 2013,which sought to clarify the conceptual issues around GCE, the Second Forum will focus on future policy directions at the global level, country implementation and expanding partnerships in light of the post-2015 ED agenda. For more information on this forum, click here.
  • February 12-14, 2015 | 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.
  • February 26-28, 2015 | AEFP 40th Annual Conference: Research Informing Practice, Practice Informing Research will be taking place in Washington, D.C. The conference will present, discuss and evaluate the latest research on a wide spectrum of education topics, from pre-K to postsecondary, and to encourage vigorous debates about current reforms and policy directions.  For more information click here.
  • March 3-4, 2015 | The Global Reading Network is hosting a free three-day workshop on the administration of early grade reading assessments.  The workshop is titled Designing and Implementing Early Grade Reading Assessments: Understanding the Basics. More details are coming soon on this exciting event!
  • March 5-8, 2015 | The 2015 Institute for Global Education Diplomacy will be held in Washington D.C. this year.  The event will highlight education initiatives, programs and projects which serve as models for education diplomacy to illustrate what education diplomacy looks like in action and bring forward best practices. Registration is now open
  • March 8-13, 2015 | 59th Annual Conference CIES.  Early Bird Registration is open until January 19, 2015.  Make your plans to attend CIES 2015 and register today at early bird rates.  To learn more about the event click here and to register click here.
  • March 26-27, 2015 | 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!

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • January 9, 2015 | Last day for submissions to the WORLD OMEP International Conference! The theme of this years conference is Early Childhood Pathways to Sustainability.  The confrence will be taking place between July 29 and August 1, 2015.  For more information and themes for submissions click here to read more.
  • January 30, 2015 | SIEF Call for proposals! SIEF is looking for proposals in early childhood development, with a focus on promoting the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children ages 3-6, and effectively engaging non-state actors in basic education.  To learn more about this opportunity, click 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 Children, Dubai Cares, Ford Foundation, and several other organizations. Apply for these opportunities here

Education News:

This past week more than 140 people, mostly children, were killed in a terrorist attack on a Military school in Peshawar, Pakistan.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the massacre after 10 gunmen stormed the school and took over 500 people hostage. This attack deals another blow to children in Pakistan who have been fighting hard for their right to education.  Recent Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, was attacked by the Taliban on a school bus in Pakistan in October of 2012 after advocating for girls education.  She was 15 at the time of the attack.  Pakistan has over 9 million out-of-school children, and many of those who do attend school, do so under constant fear of attack from the Taliban.  What does this mean for the state of education in country? Not only have children and parents alike been terrified by the thought of attending school, current and potential teachers are also reconsidering their career path after the latest  attack.  This attack is especially tragic because schools should serve as a safe place for students to thrive and learn while expressing their creativity.  The incident has sparked a global outrage and pressure has been put on countries to put an end to terrorist groups waging a war on education like the Taliban, ISIS and Boko Haram, the latter of which recently kidnapped over 200 villagers in Nigeria.

In 2000, during the UN Millenium Summit, several countries commited to attaining certain Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) 2015. Significant progress has been made in trying to achieve the education MDGs, however, today 58 million children in developing regions remain out of school, and 250 million school-aged children around the world lack basic literacy and numeracy skills. Furthermore, the world still needs four million teachers to fill the gaps and create a better learning experience for students.  Now, with the MDG target being pushed back to 2030, this number is likely to rise to 27.3 million.

Point of Departure:

As 2014 comes to a close, it is only natural that we reflect on what has been accomplished in the past year, but it is also important to set priorities for the year ahead.

Weigh In:

What education topic would you like to see moved to the top of the education agenda in 2015?  Are there any countries you think have the potential to shift the global education landscape (for better or for worse) in the new year? If you work within an education-focused organization, what issues will you be prioritizing in 2015?

Photograph above provided by the Good Work Foundation.

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