News and Views: This Week at CEI

February 06, 2015Calla McCabe

This Week at CEI:

Our database has now grown to over 580 programs! We recently published a handful of new programs and we are making exciting new updates as we prepare for the launch of CEI PLUS! Among the newly published programs is Soy Autor a program that targets at-risk youth and the most vulnerable populations of El Salvador and provides them an opportunity to overcome trauma through written expression and personal reflection.  Also new to the CEI database this month is Her VOICE, a program that enables marginalized adolescent girls in India to take charge of their futures by imparting critical knowledge, spoken English, and life skills through activity-based camps.  In additin, we published the program SMILE which is an interactive learning model that consists of mobile learning management software and a computer server that acts as a router, wi-fi, and storage and can operate on a battery.

If you know of any programs that should be on the CEI database, contact us with the name of the program! If you are already profiled on CEI and haven’t shared your program updates, M&E data or results, be sure to submit this information as soon as possible for an upgraded CEI PLUS profile.

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • 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!
  • February 25, 2015 | Present Your Project: Open Call Workforce Development for Youth Employment: Program Design for Latin America and the Caribbean! This open call has been organized in order to select the best examples to present during the new training in June.  For more information on 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) 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:

During the Ebola epidemic, many schools were turned into makeshift emergency Ebola care units and were filled with those who were either dead or dying.  Now, as the epidemic slows, many children are now being told to return to these schools, and many parents and students are worried.  A total of 22,487 Ebola cases were reported during the outbreak, a total of 8,979 reported deaths, according to the CDC.  Citizens of the west African countries that were affected by the outbreak struggle to return to normal lives and question the sanitization of former Ebola infected areas, like hospitals, homes and schools. For this reason, several countries have delayed the opening of schools. For example, Sierra Leone has pushed the opening of government-run schools to March 30. Meanwhile, Liberian schools which were set to open on February 2 will stay closed for another two weeks, and potentiality longer in areas with a higher number of Ebola related deaths.  Guinea, another Ebola-affected country, did not use their schools as emergency Ebola treatment units, had a limited amount of students show up to their classes due to parents fear of crowded classrooms.  In Liberia, a mother was on the fence about sending her son back to school, worried that the building wasn't cleaned properly and that her son could potentially get sick. 

Point of Departure:

It has recently been reported that teachers, after a school massacre, are now carrying guns in classes in Pakistan.  Long time teachers see a change in their students who were once scared to learn, and now feel secure when they see their teacher with a gun knowing they are safe.  Additionally, many schools have increased security in and around their schools in an attempt to prevent another attack from occurring on such a large scale.  Some parents see this as a glorification of guns, and are afraid that it could cause children to pick up arms in the future.

Weigh In:

Do you agree with teachers arming themselves in order to bring focus back to education and away from fear? What extremes are acceptable for protecting students in school? 


Photograph above courtesy of the Soy Autor program.

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