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October 20, 2017The CEI Team

Browse highlights of CEI's recent work, learn about current and upcoming funding opportunities and events, and take a look at a selection of topical articles from education news around the world.

This Week at CEI


Innovator Interview: ARED Micro Franchise Program
By the CEI Team

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For CEI’s latest Innovator Interview we spoke with Henri Nyakarundi, Managing Director of ARED (African Renewable Energy Distributor), about his program’s use of solar-powered technology, the importance of entrepreneurialism for marginalized groups, and their exciting plans for expansion. Read more…

Lessons from STIR Education: Partnering with governments for scale
By Sharath Jeevan

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Conventional wisdom holds that governments want fully formed, tested versions of programs or interventions so that it can easily scale them up. But is this really accurate? Recent evidence suggests that even after these “adolescent” innovations successfully pass through randomized controlled trials (RCT)—the highest bar for evidence—only a handful ever reach meaningful scale or lead to policy change. Read more…

Measuring Rwanda's progress on education technology integration
By Jens Ischebeck

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One form Rwanda’s recovery manifests in is improving education for its people: President Paul Kagame has allocated about 20% of the national budget to education. This, combined with Rwanda’s desire to modernize and improve in other areas, has resulted in its synergistic adoption of edtech such as online courses, even MOOC (massive open online courses). Read more…

Funding Opportunities

UNDP Request for Proposal
Deadline: 31 October, 2017

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) plans to procure research that will build a stronger evidence base on furthering a gender sensitive approach to preventing violent extremism in Asia and the Pacific as described in this Request for Proposal and its related annexes. UN Women now invites sealed proposals from qualified proposers that provide the requirements as defined in these documents.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant
Deadline: 8 November, 2017

In partnership with Grand Challenges Canada, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seeks bold ideas to meet the mental health needs of the poorest and most vulnerable adolescent and young mothers; specifically seeking innovative approaches that leverage technology, social groups and social media to develop the skills and protective factors necessary to successfully navigate life, transition to motherhood, and early detection and treatment of mental health disorders. 

Expo 2020 Dubai Live Innovation Impact Grant
Deadline: 2 December, 2017

The program aims to fund novel and innovative solutions aligned with the Expo’s three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The program will award funds up to USD 100,000 for entrepreneurs, SMEs, non-profit organizations, or government-related entities to submit their solutions, which should be at a demonstration and implementation stage.

Upcoming Events

Challenges and opportunities in integrating early years services: a spotlight on the workforce
Online Webinar: 26 October, 2017 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM EDT

Adopting multi-sectoral approaches in the early years, which integrate parenting support, nutrition, health, social protection, child protection, and education, is widely recognised as the way forward to meet global challenges. Yet, that there are many barriers to making integration work and that it may take different shapes depending on the context. The objective of this webinar is to discuss the conditions for interagency work from the perspective of those in a position of leadership in the early year’s workforce.

Girls’ education research and policy symposium: Reaching the most marginalized
Washington, DC: 8 November, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM EDT

On November 8, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings (CUE) will host the 2017 Girls' Education Research and Policy Symposium: Reaching the Most Marginalized. Each year, CUE convenes policymakers, practitioners, and stakeholders in the girls’ education arena to discuss the most pressing issues as identified by the Echidna Global Scholars, a group of global leaders in girls’ education who spend 5 months in-residency at Brookings. The day will be marked by a series of thematic conversations that explore approaches to ensuring that the most marginalized girls receive a quality education.

African Development Bank: Financing Private Sector Development- What works, what does not and why?
Pretoria, South Africa: 30/31 October, 2017 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM GMT+2

As part of their series on learning and knowledge sharing events in support of Private Sector Development, the AfDB’s Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV), and Norad’s Evaluation Department (NoradDev) are co-organizing a learning event titled: Financing Private Sector Development: What works, what does not and why? in Pretoria, South Africa from 30 to 31 October 2017 to share evaluative knowledge to enhance the relevance, effectiveness, and impact of future private sector development activities in Africa.

Global Education News

Blended learning poised to reshape education in Africa
Interview by Sabine Gysi

Miora Randriambeloma, co-founder of the ed-tech startup Chalkboard Education, explains how e-learning is changing African education for the better.

Sabine Gysi: Chalkboard Education conducted a pilot project with the University of Ghana. What did it take to convince the university to adopt the blended learning approach?

Miora Randriambeloma: We piloted the blended learning method with some classes at the University of Ghana during the 2016 academic year. Read more…

Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School
By Samantha Raphelson

Your child doesn't want to go to school. It's a daily struggle that many parents are familiar with. But what if your child refuses to go to school?

Mental health professionals and educators say what used to be considered run-of-the-mill truancy could actually be something else. Some cases of chronic absenteeism are now being called "school refusal," which is triggered by anxiety, depression, family crises and other traumatic events. It can lead to weeks or even months of missed school days. Read more…

Everything is in Place to Track Global Progress on Education: Except the Data
By Silvia Montoya

The global goal for progress on education (SDG 4) has been set: an inclusive and equitable education for every child by 2030. The individual targets that must be achieved if we are to reach the goal are in place, from learning outcomes to teacher training. And experts and organizations working on education data have developed the detailed indicators that will signal whether or not the world is on track to achieve the global goal by the deadline. Read more…


Photo Credit (Top): World Bank / Simone D. McCourtie

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