This Week at CEI: News and Views

September 19, 2014Calla McCabe

This week at CEI:

Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote six successful innovative projects that are addressing global educational challenges. Projects are awarded, from a wide variety of sectors and locations, positive contribution, and their potential for scalability and adaptability. These projects represent a growing resource of expertise and sound educational practice.

The 2014 WISE Awards winning projects have been selected. The six innovative education projects originate from Australia, Egypt, Finland, India, Jordan, and Peru. They were selected from a pool of 15 Finalists for their creative approach to learning and positive impact on society. Three of CEIs' profiled programs are winners of this award, We Love ReadingEducate Girls and FACE Salam Project for Street Children.  Learn more about these programs here.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 6-8 | 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit - Hosted by Making Cents International, this annual event convenes over 400 education stakeholders from over 50 countries. To take place in Washington, D.C
  • October 10-12 | Creating a Society for All: Reconsidering Early Childhood Services - The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) invites you to participate in this international conference for shared learning and a joint exploration to re-consider early childhood services for children from birth through primary school
  • October 15-18 | 28th Annual Conference of the AEA - Hosted by the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the theme of this year's event is Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. To take place in Denver, CO.
  • October 30- November 1 | Education that Pays for Itself 2014 Conference in Uganda 3 days of lively workshops, debates and presentations. Our participants include educators, policymakers, business people, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and NGOs from around the world, all sharing their ideas and knowledge on transforming young people from job seekers to job creators through educational and profitable school businesses. To learn more, click here!
  • November 4-6 | 2014 WISE Summit - The 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will convene in Doha, Qatar, under the theme Imagine – Create – Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education.
  • November 17-22 | 5th Annual Global Education Conference - This free, week-long online event will bring together educators and innovators from around the world to promote global awareness, foster global competency, and inspire action towards solving real–world problems.    


  • September 30 | The World Humanitarian Summit is accepting submissions for Eastern and Southern South Africa Humanitarian Short Film Contest with the theme “Humanitarian Action in Africa” submissions due September 30, 2014 and the winner gets a prize of $3,000.  To learn more, click here!
  • October 5 | Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize - Applications for world’s first one million dollar teacher prize are now open. Nominate an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
  • October 24 | GlobalGiving is an online fundraising community for nonprofits of all sizes all around the world. Apply to join the December Open Challenge and take advantage of year-end fundraising opportunities, including matching days, bonus prizes, and promotions. The deadline to submit the full application is October 24, 2014 - get started here.
  • December 1 | CIES Call for Proposals - The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) seeks submissions for its 59th Annual Conference, taking place March 8-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Proposals should align with the event theme Ubunti! Imagining a Humanist Education Globally. Early bird deadline is October 6.
  • 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) just released its June newsletter which features global funding opportunities from the Global Fund for ChildrenDubai CaresFord Foundation, and several other organizations. Apply for these opportunities here.

Education News

On 14 September, about half a million children returned to school in Gaza after the 50-day war between Hamas and Israel.  Health officials commissioned by Hamas claimed that more than 2,100 people, mostly civilians and among them 500 children have been killed in the war. Additionally, there has been loss and damage to over 250 schools and kindergartens, with 26 damaged beyond repair. This situation strains the Gaza school system because more than 80 per cent of schools were running double shifts even prior to the recent conflict.  Students’ return will be welcomed with psychological counseling in government schools as well as recreational activates to help students transition back into a learning environment.  Many students honor their departed friends by either handing out stickers of placing their names on chairs in classrooms.  The road to recovery from the traumatic events of the 50-day war will be a long one, but with help many students will return to learning soon.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have changed schooling systems for this new school year.  This year and in future years under ISIS’ control, art, music, history, Christianity, literature and patriotic songs have been permanently removed from school curricula.  In Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, response to these demands has been almost non-existent.  Many have instead responded with silence or keeping their children at home.  Part of ISIS’s strategy is to present itself as an administrative state, and changing education is part of that approach.  The curriculum changes were announced by paper posting placed around the city, in addition to removing previously stated topics, it demanded that all provinces under ISIS control be referred to as the “Islamic State” as well as banning Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.  These changes are steps towards a new order in Iraq and Syria.  

Point of Departure

We are excited to share the Center for Education Innovations’ topic portals. This completely new feature is intended to help you keep up with the latest innovations in five different fields by providing insight on programs in our extensive and growing database. Every topic portal offers a customized summary and visual synthesis of programs in low and middle-income countries.

Current topic pages include: Girls Education, Early Childhood Education and Development, India, South Africa, and Kenya with more coming soon! Within these portals you can explore four different pages and eight distinct data visualizations to learn about innovations happening around the world. To learn more, check out our blog.

Weigh In!

Have you browsed our topic portals? What do you think of them? Is there anything we can do to improve them to better help your work? Which new topics you would like to see featured?

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