This Week's News and Views

March 11, 2016Duncan McCullough
 

This Week at CEI

 

Continuing our efforts to bring CEI’s data and analysis directly to those in a position to create impact, Nicholas Burnett and Tara Hill recently traveled to Bangkok to present some of our latest findings on the subject of out-of-school children. At the Asia Education Summit on Flexible Learning Strategies for Out-of-School Children, Nicholas Burnett spoke on innovative finance mechanisms that are being used to reach children not in school. Tara Hill presented on several promising new approaches, sourced largely from CEI’s Program Database, that are making an impact in this critical challenge.

Back in the Western Hemisphere, CEI staffers have been busy at this week’s Comparative and International Education Summit, or CIES, in Vancouver, Canada. We want to thank all those who were able to join us for our Spotlight on Innovation reception, and who have helped make our panel-presentations the talk of the conference! Stay tuned for more detailed recaps on our presentations about learning through play, barriers to education equality, providing books for every child, building our Early Learning Toolkit, and more!

Preparing for her presentation at CIES, Allison Rosenberg reflected last week on her experience working directly with program and school-level actors to inform the Early Learning Toolkit. Incorporating these actors’ perspectives is key to ensuring that a digital platform actually responds to the needs of practitioners in the field. Otherwise, even the best resources can get lost in cyberspace.

 

Upcoming Events

 

African Transformation Forum
March 14-15, 2016: Kigali, Rwanda

Next week’s forum, hosted by the African Center for Economic Transformation, bills itself as the “only forum devoted solely to transformation strategies and implementation challenges”. The event will convene representatives from the government, business, civil-society, and donor communities, and will emphasize peer-to-peer learning activities.

Better Together? Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Multi-Sector Partnerships
March 15, 2016: Washington DC

In honor of Global Partnerships Week, the Society for International Development presents a meeting on strategies to navigate the challenges of partnering across sectors (health, governance, education, etc) with local NGOs, academic institutions, businesses and governments. The event will also be live-streamed.

The Economics of Public-Private Partnerships
March 22, 2016: Washington, DC

The World Bank hosts the latest in its lecture series on development economics, this time focusing on the topic of public-private partnerships (PPPs). The event seeks to address three questions: When are PPPs the best way to provide and finance infrastructure facilities? If a PPP is selected, how should the contract be designed? And what is the appropriate structure of PPP governance?

 

Funding Opportunities

 

Call for Proposals for the World Bank’s Strategic Research Program
March 27, 2016: Deadline

The World Bank is seeking research proposals for 7 development sectors, including Education. For Education, the program is asking for proposals that expand the evidence base on the links between education, inequality, poverty reduction and economic growth with the goal of building the case for smart investments in education that benefit all groups of society. For additional details on the call’s scope and process, click here.

EduApp4Syria Competition
April 1, 2016: Deadline

Norway and several international partners have launched an innovation competition to develop a mobile-based learning application for Syrian children. The initiative aims to develop a smartphone application that can help Syrian children learn how to read and improve their psychosocial wellbeing.

YouthPower Learning Request for Applications
March 30, 2016: Deadline

YouthPower Learning is a program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), for which Results for Development is an implementing partner. The newly announced RFAs currently fall under two thematic areas - youth engagement and cross-cutting skills. Under the youth engagement theme, a grantee will develop and deliver a set of youth-focused videos that highlight young people directly sharing experiences of being engaged in youth programs.  Under the cross-cutting skills theme, a grantee will propose, develop and deliver a research activity to capture a representative snapshot of what cross-cutting skills youth value most.

 

Global Education News

 

Gender bias is rife in textbooks
By Aaron Benavot, Director of the GEM Report and Catherine Jere, University of East Anglia

The GEM report blog investigates the persistence of gender bias in textbooks. Gender stereotypes hold back all children’s learning, and this article provides stark evidence about their prevalence in too many educational materials. However, positive steps are being taken, and the piece closes with information about upcoming advocacy initiatives that hope to continue this progress.

‘Failure is accepted’: Kenya reflects the challenges deaf pupils face worldwide
By Susanna Rustin

Children with disabilities are often prevented from accessing the education they need and deserve. Susanna Rustin takes to The Guardian to shed light on the experiences of children with hearing challenges in Kenya. Rustin’s reporting reflects the saddening reality many of these students face, but it is hard not to smile when reading quotes from Nyamulu Mandoro, a 15 year old student interviewed for the story who remains exceptionally optimistic despite the challenges she’s faced.

The Six Tech Advances In Higher Ed That Are Preparing Students For The Future Of Work
By George Lorenzo

It is already widely understood that the demands of the 21st century will be quite different than those of the 20th. George Lorenzo highlights six innovative technologies that are being leveraged to help prepare students for these modern work-force requirements. Insights on the educational benefits of virtual reality, adaptive learning analytics, robotics, and more are included.

 

Photo Credit: Daniel Plaut, @plautdaniel

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