This Week at CEI: News and Views

October 17, 2014Calla McCabe

This week at CEI:

The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit was held on October 6-8 in Washington, D.C. and Shubha Jayaram represented Results for Development (R4D) at the summit.  The purpose of the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is to improve the impact, scale, and sustainability of youth economic opportunity programming.  Ms. Jayaram leads the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) project and R4D’s Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement (ISESE) initiative; she also works on the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communication project, which supports the capacity of think tanks in Anglophone Africa.  Ms. Jayaram also presented with Guitele Nicoleau, of FHI 360

Ms. Jayaram and Dr. Nicoleau presented on Training Models for Employment in the Digital Economy, a paper produced by R4D in 2013.  The presentation focused on pursuing a digital future and preparing young people for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Jobs are adapting to the increasingly technological demands of today's world. With young people front and center, the presentation showcased how a variety of organizations identify which technology skills are important in their local markets and then help young people gain the right technology skills to be better prepared for these employment opportunities.

Upcoming Events:

  • 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 22 | Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance Exhibit Fair.  This fair, which is open to the public, will feature 40+ exhibits and "lighting talks" from presenters all over the world showcasing innovative technology for education innovations primarily to advance quality education objectives in low-resource, developing country settings. The event will be held from 9:00 am-1:00 pm in the Atrium Hall, Ronald Regan Building in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here!
  • October 22 | IDB Schools Ready for Change Workshop. The theme of this event will be 'Technology to Improve Learning in LAC'. It will be held at the IDB headquarters in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here!
  • 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 10 | UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development - Learning Today for a Sustainable Future will be held in Japan.  The 2014 World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development will carry out a stock-taking of the implementation of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) and celebrate the Decade’s achievements. The Conference will showcase initiatives, actors, networks and ideas that were stimulated by the DESD. Examples of good practice from all over the world will play an important role in identifying viable approaches to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), as well as key areas for future action. Learn more here!
  • 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.  
  • November 24-27 | Workshop: Affordable Quality Pre-Primary Education in Challenging Environments will take place in Zanzibar. It gathers participants from 11 African countries along with other organizations and private foundations to discuss ways to operationalize affordable, good quality national early childhood education programs in classrooms and other settings to reach the most vulnerable young children.


  • October 22 | Virtual Leadership Training (VLT) is FLVS’s acclaimed professional development workshop for virtual leaders. For anyone tasked with creating or managing a virtual school or blended learning program, the two-day workshop hosted by FLVS Global is an amazing resource to help ask the right questions, do the right planning and create a blueprint for action. Participants spend two days with Florida Virtual School leaders who provide expert feedback for program development. For more information, and registration click here.
  • 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.
  • October 29 | Early Bird applications due for the 2015 Hult Prize.  This 6th annual Hult Prize challenge be Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and beyond. The challenge specifically asks teams to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address the early childhood education gap in kids 0-6 years old. For a timeline for the 2015 competition click here.
  • November 24 Results for Development Institute (R4D) is excited to announce a request for applications to become a Country or Regional Partner for a new center focused on scaling innovations in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. R4D will provide grants to an initial group of 2 to 3 Country or Regional Partners based in low and middle-income countries to identify and document innovative WASH programs and facilitate linkages among stakeholders in their country or region, including program implementers, policymakers, researchers and funders. For more information on the application process and procedures click 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

Across the world, many children are becoming refugees.  The UN estamates that over 43 million people in the world are refugees, making it the highest number since the 1990's.  For the first eight months of 2014, the United States has seen an influx of about 60,000 uncompanied minors entering the country illegaly.  Many of these children are fleeing from extensive and seemingly never-ending gang violence in parts of Central and South America. All  these minors are eligible and entitled to the education and resources that students born in the United States recieve.  However, teachers are encountering difficulties helping these new students learn.  Many of them have witnessed violence, left their families, and live in fear of being forced to leave the US and return to their former homes.  Education proves to be an escape for many students from their problems at home, or problems that they have faced in their lives, and teachers all over the world help these students make the escape. 

Due to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, schools have been cancelled since July.  However, an effort has been launched to reach and educate the millions of out-of-school children in Sierra Leone by radio.  Children can tune in to 41 different radio stations and receive the education that the outbreak is denying them.  In addition to the radio, the government is planning on using the country's only TV channel to deliver education to children.  The school lessons will last for four hours, six days a week, and even though it is not a replacement for a school, it seems to be the only option for reaching students while in the midst of the epidemic.  The lessons will be tailored to primary, secondary, and upper secondary students, with a weekly pre-school lesson on Fridays.  So far the program has been a success, despite only 25% of the population owning a radio.  To continue the process many education development partners, including UNICEF, are looking at the possibility of distributing solar powered radios to students in lower income areas so they can receive their education as well.

Point of Departure

A new report from UNESCO shows that the world needs 4 million more teachers in order to get every child into an elementary classroom.  This increase will not only help achieve MDG goals, it will also help to educate the millions of refugee children around the world.  The report focuses on 93 countries where the teacher shortage is hitting the hardest - this includes several countries in sub-saharan Africa. As it stands, schools in the region suffer from overcrowding and a severe lack of resources or building maintenance and make up the majority of the world's 58 million out-of-school children (OOSC).  

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