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August 17, 2017Tangut Degfay

CEI Blog Highlights


Learning language online, from Sub-Sahara Africa
Increased computer power, availability of internet and faster data transfers rates has made e-learning and distance education easier especially for language learners, and higher education students in Sub-Saharan Africa are no exception. However, the main question among potential e-students is; how perfect is Africa for language learning online?  Jens Ischebeck discusses advantages and challenges of e-learning in Africa. Read more...

Focusing on education systems with Results for Development
New focus, new look for Results for Development! At the heart of our new strategy is an ardent belief that prosperity begins with health and education. People cannot thrive and contribute fully to society when they’re sick or hungry or poorly educated. Results for Development (R4D) is excited to share our new look and our refined organizational mission and focus, which is reflected throughout the new site. Read more…

Turning Evidence to Policy and Action in Nigeria
As part of it’s From Evidence to Policy and Action: What Works? summit, The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre recently brought together over 150 stakeholders from government, civil society organizations and a broad range of education innovators for two days of discourse focused on establishing pathways for strengthening the utilization of evidence in policymaking, practice and citizen action. Read more…


Funding Opportunities


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program
Deadline: September 14, 2017

US-based schools and scholars with research-focused programs in nursing, and who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care are eligible to submit proposals. . Learn more...

NewSchools Venture Fund for Innovative Schools
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Teams of educators and entrepreneurs with bold ideas for reimagining PreK-12 learning, Innovative Schools, companies and nonprofits creating innovative edtech products and services, and organizations that are strengthening the diversification of the education sector at all levels of leadership are eligible to apply. Up to $8 Million in New Funding Opportunities. Learn more…

Women Deliver Young Leaders Program
Deadline: October 13, 2017

Applications are open for the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. The program trains, elevates and empowers youth advocates with global visibility, networking opportunities and seed grants to implement advocacy and communications projects that they create in order to advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in their communities and across the globe. Learn more….

Open Education Global Conference: Transforming Education through Open Approaches
Deadline: October 23, 2017

Proposals for conference sessions in Open Education Research, Innovation through opening traditional practices, Policies & strategies for Open Education, Institutionalizing Open Education, Tools & Technologies for Open Education, and a wide variety of themes are accepted. Learn more….

The 8th Global Education Conference 2017
Deadline: November 1, 2017

The conference brings together educators and innovators from around the world to promote global awareness and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Presenters can submit proposals focused on Teachers, Students, Curriculum, Leadership, SDGs, Higher Education and a wide variety of tracks. Learn more….

6th Global Summit on Education (GSE 2017): Trends and Challenges in Education
Deadline: September 15, 2017

GSE 2017 invites academicians, scholars and researchers with diverse research interests from around the world to exchange latest ideas and trends in education. Papers are being accepted on special needs education, pedagogy enhancement with e-learning, lifelong learning and a wide range of themes and sub-themes. Learn more…


Upcoming Events


EPIP DC Philanthropy Disruptors: Expanding How We Think of Giving
September 08, 2017, Washington, DC

Is there more than one way to be philanthropic? Can new and diverse models of giving help philanthropy be more inclusive? Join EPIP in DC for a panel discussion on new giving models. The conversation will be moderated by Bob Grimm of the Do Good Institute and will feature Evan Lutz of Hungry Harvest and Michelle Gilliard of Venture Philanthropy Partners. Register here….

Stanford Philanthropy Innovation Summit 2017
September 19th, 2017, Stanford, 

The Summit brings Philanthropy and Civil Society with peers and experts to share actionable ideas, best practices, new strategies, and new networks which will amplify the impact of philanthropy. Learn more….


World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit
September 18 – 19, 2017, New York

At this summit, The World Economic Forum will work closely with leaders from government, businesses, academia and civil society to increase the impact of existing multistakeholder initiatives, catalyze new partnerships and alliances, and explore how advanced technologies could be better leveraged for sustainable development. Learn more…

CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit
September 17 – 20, 2017, New Orleans, LA

The summit will feature intersectional approaches that align equitable and philanthropic practices in investments along the themes of Resistance, Protection, and Empowerment. Students, emerging leaders, philanthropic social justice/community philanthropists, and community members are invited to attend. Learn more…

Education Changemakers EduChange 2017
September 25 – 29, 2017, Melbourne, Australia

EduChange gathers hundreds of educators who are leading change and innovation in schools, maverick leaders, world class stories and brands all working to support better learning in every school across Australia. Panels, networking and mentorship opportunities, Edupreneur festivals, conferences and a wide range of activities in one place. Learn more…

iNACOL Symposium: Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality
October 23-25, 2017, Orlando, Florida

Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers and researchers in K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning will gather for idea sharing and networking opportunities that will help shape the future of education. Attendee registration is now open. Learn more…


IHD 2nd International Conference on Early Childhood Development in Uncertain Times
November 7 – 9, 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

Aga Khan University's Institute for Human Development brings participants from over 20 countries for a three-day plenary sessions and panel discussions on Child Developmental and Psychosocial Stimulation, Early Learning & Education, Research and Advocacy, and a wide variety of features. Learn more….


Global Education News


Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate
By Raya Bidshahri

Technological trends have a powerful impact on global education by improving the overall learning experience and by increasing global access to education. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), chatbot tutors, and AI-powered lesson plans are just a few examples of the digital transformation in global education. But will there ever be limits for technology use in the classroom? Read more….

The role of youth in education
By Daphne Nawa Chimuka

Transforming the potential of African youth —the greatest asset in the continent—meshes nicely with the commitment of African states to achieve the fourth SDG—to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities. On the occasion of International Youth Day on August 12, the pressing need to investment in education and skills training for youth was discussed in depth. Read more….

5 Ways Video Can Foster Teaching and Learning
By Steve Zurier

With classroom technology use on the rise, K–12 schools are utilizing video tools to extend classroom learning, converse with experts or arrange conferences with higher institutions. Here are 5 key ways that video use can enhance teaching and learning in and outside the classrooms. Read more….

Encouraging Literacy Via Reading for Pleasure
By Anwar Alhusban

Creating supportive environments within and outside the classroom can inspire children to love reading for pleasure and thus lead their own learning experiences. But how can educators and youth leaders work together to encourage and sustain creative reading activities? Anwar Alhusban, creator of the Reading to Flourish program in Mafraq, Jordan, shares highlights from the experience. Read more…



Tangut Degfay is a Global Education Intern at R4D. She is pursuing her graduate studies in MA in International Policy and Development at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Her focus areas include youth development, girls' education and global cultural exchange.

Photo Credits: Edweek; SingulartyHub; EdTechmagazine; GPE


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