Center for Education Innovations: This Week's News & Views

Kristen Grauer

This Week at CEI

New insights from our partners at UBS Optmius on low-cost private preschools throughout Sub-Saharan Africa were just released. Check our their piece, Schools in Slums: A Surprising Number of the Poorest Kids Are Enrolled in Private Preschools on our blog. We would also like to highlight the work of our secondary education partners at the PSIPSE Funder Collaborative; Judith-Ann Walker, of the Development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) discusses the transformative role of education in preventing child marriage in Nigeria in her post entitled The Relationship between Child Marriage and Girls' Education. 


Upcoming Events

  • June 16 - July 7 | Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics Free Course - MulinBlog Online J-School has been working to develop a library of free digital skills courses; this course will offer guidance in variety of communications and data vizualization areas. Register here!
  • June 18 | Goldman Sachs Harvard University Global Education Conference - The conference is the first forum of its kind bringing together education leaders around the world to discuss how innovation, globalization, regulation and technology are impacting education.
  • June 24-27 | 2nd Regional Symposium on Open Educational Resources: Beyond Advocacy, Research and Policy - Open University will host its second symposium on Open Educational Resources (OER) in Penang with the objective of bringing together the region's OER community to share, exchange, and promote ideas on learning technologies, such as OER, MOOC, SOOC, and others.
  • June 25-26 | GPE Replenishment Pledging Conference - The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) will hold this conference in Brussels, hosted by the European Union, as a part of its second replenishment campaign. The event will gather a variety of education stakeholders, ranging from government leaders to donors and civil society organizations.



  • June 25 | Re-imagine Learning Challenge - The Lego Foundation, in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers, calls for innovative education programs that encourage more playful, enthusiastic learning and develop creativity, imaginative problem-solving, teamwork, empathy, and inspiration skills. #Play2Learn
  • July 7 | The School Enterprise Challenge - The School Enterprise Challenge, hosted by Teach a Man to Fish, is a unique international business competition for school students, aiming to identify and reward the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Register today!
  • July 18 | Enabling Writers - All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development is now accepting nominations for its $100,000 prize competition which incentivizes the development of software that helps writers draft texts to improve reading skills of children in developing countries.
  • August 31 | 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.
  • August 31 HDIF Call for Proposals - HDIF is a competitive challenge fund which provides grants to organizations driving innovative approaches which aim to improve the quality, value-for-money, and sustainability of basic services in education, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania. Apply today!
  • Open Ended | 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 Ended | 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.


Education News

India Faces Steepest Cut in Education Aid | According to UNESCO's Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR), India - one of five countries with the highest number of out-of-school children - has seen some of the largest reductions in global aid towards education. These cuts have made it increasingly difficult for states to properly implement the Right to Education (RTE) policy that would help children get back into school. Between 2010 and 2011, aid to basic education fell by over 6%, and an additional 3% in 2012, amounting to $278 USD million. Senior officials in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) assert that given the lack of external funding, the Indian government has the responsibility to ensure that ongoing projects receive the resources they need to be effective. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, also expressed her concern over the situation by stating that: Increasing external support for education is an ethical and development imperative. We know the difference that well-targeted aid can make in helping countries to put quality education first.

Djibouti Unions Condemn Government's Repressive Measures against Teachers | In a message to Education International's (IE) General Secretary, Fred van Leewan, the Syndicat des enseignants du second degré (SYNESED) sought support amid ongoing efforts by the Djibouti government to keep educators out of classrooms and civil service lists. Despite repeated protests, more than 50 teachers have been terminated and removed from civil service lists in alleged violation of procedures in place. In addition, over 80 teachers have had their salaries suspended since October of 2013. 


Point of Departure

In January 2014, Centro de Alianzas para el Desarrollo (CAD) developed an SME Toolkit - a global web-based product that leverages the latest information and communication technologies to provide SMEs in emerging markets with access to online business management information, interactive tools, and training to help them stabilize, formalize, and grow their businesses. To date, the program has reached 5.5 million users from around the world. This project seeks to improve the lives of people in the developing world by strengthening the private sector through supporting small or medium-sized enterprises.
WEIGH IN – What kind of support do you believe SMEs in the developing world could benefit from? What other programs are fostering innovation and change in this sector?