News and Views: This Week at CEI

January 23, 2015Calla McCabe

This Week at CEI:

A new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and UNICEF titled "Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children" includes a chapter on financing needs for out-of-school children authored by Results for Development's Milan Thomas and Nicholas Burnett.  This new report shows that adolescents are twice as likely to be out of school as primary school-age children.  Read more about this report, here.

Earlier in the month, CEI's Nigeria hub, TEP Centreco-hosted a major convening to tackle pressing challenges in the country’s secondary education sector.  The convening focused on innovation and practice in secondary education and brought together a broad spectrum of influential education stakeholders.  The meeting  was held under the auspices of the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) initiative. The partnership has funded over 40 innovative pilot, scale-up, and research projects focused on increasing access and quality of secondary education to adolescents in East Africa, India, and Nigeria.

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.
  • January 29, 2015 | This USAID event marks the joint launch of a new IDIQ and community of practice focused on education in emergencies. This is a launch of the USAID Advancing Basic Education - Access for All (ABE ACCESS) Indefinite Quantity, Indefinite Delivery (IDIQ) Contract and the USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (USAID ECCN).  The event will take place from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the US Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC.  For more information click here.
  • January 31, 2015 | Zicklin Center for Buisness Ethics Research and the Wolrd Bank Group are holding an Ideas for Action Competition! This is a team competition for youth aged between 18-35.  Teams are expected to focus on one of the following issues: domestic resource mobilization, better and smarter aid, international private finance, domestic private sector, and business and development innovations.  For more information about this competition, click here
  • February 5, 2015 | USAID is hosting an In-Person Event and webinar on Measuring Employment Outcomes for Workforce Development.  This event will bring together the Community of Practice, practitioners, and stakeholders to explore this issue and seek to answer the following questions:  What are the “best” indicators for measuring youth workforce development outcomes and how have these been measured in the past, and what can we learn from those experiences?  To join the webinar or get more information on the event, click here.
  • February 5-6, 2015 | Sankalp Africa Summit 2015, taking place at the Strathmore Business School, in Nairobi, Kenya, will be focused on Accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship towards an inclusive Africa. The summit will celebrate 10 African social businesses through the prestigious Sankalp Africa Awards. Taking last year’s conversation one step forward, the Summit this year will witness action oriented discussions and dialog among African entrepreneurs, investors, corporate and government representatives.  To sign up for this event click here and use the discount code CEI30 for 30% off the regular ticket.
  • 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 2-5, 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 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.
  • February 1, 2015 | Mark your calendars! The nominations for the 2015 Education WISE Prize opens today! Stay tuned for more information on this opportunity!
  • February 6, 2015 | Register for The Americas Cultural Entrepreneurship Award: A New Opportunity for Youth! Young people between the age of 18 and 34 who have an innovative project or business idea in the cultural sector are invited to apply.  For more information and to register your project, visit or 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) June newsletter features global funding opportunities from the Global Fund for ChildrenDubai CaresFord Foundation, and several other organizations. Apply for these opportunities here

Education News:

Previously, we reported that Honduras is among the poorest performers in education in Latin America and that a lack of schools and poor teacher training lead to deficiencies in public education, and many children are forced to leave school for work at a young age in order to help their families. In an effort to protect children and raise the nation's education performance, the Honduran military is stepping up to fill in the gaps. The military has established a new program called "Guardians of the Homeland." This program directly targets roughly 25,000 children between the ages of 5 and 15. The purpose of this program is not to enlist the young children in the military, but to keep them away from gangs and organized crime and bring structure and discipline to their lives. The program provides the children with training, education materials, food, housing, and security in hopes that, when they grow up, the children will have access to better opportunities.

A new study shows that girls outperform boys in educational achievement levels in 70 per cent of countries, including in those where women liberties are severely restricted.  The study, titled Sex differences in academic achievement are not related to political, economic, or social equality, was conducted by psychologists at the University of Glasgow and the University of Missouri, shows that by the age of 15, girls are out performing boys in math, literacy, science and reading.  Research for this report, published in Intelligence Journal, was conducted from 2000-2010 and looked at the educational achievement levels of 1.5 million 15-year-olds from around the world.  What does this data mean for gender equality?  This report suggests that policymakers commitment towards gender equality is not enough when the achievement gaps are so large in global education.  The report also indicates that sex differences in educational achievement are not reliably linked to gender equality and that correlations between achievement and gender equality are inconsistent over time.  Furthermore, the results also show that countries with high levels of social, political and economic equality still experience gender differences in academic achievement. 

Point of Departure:

Children who are excluded from education often face multiple and overlapping disadvantages. Earlier this week, UNESCO released this interactive infographic to coincide with their joint report on out-of-school.  The infographic gives some insight into the reasons these children are out of school, and allows users to select from a list of participating countries to see what is holding them back.

Weigh In:

What country-specific trends stand out to you? Are there challenges across the participating countries that could be addressed collectively?  

Photo above courtesy of Living Right in South Africa.

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