International Day of the Girl

by |October 13th, 2016

By Tara Stafford Ocansey, Radhika Iyengar and Haein Shin, as featured in the Huffington Post |  13 October 2016. Today as we celebrate International Day of the Girl, we know that girls with secondary education are six times less likely to be married as children, and twice as likely to send their children to school. We know a… read more

No Time to Waste: Ending America’s Climate Exceptionalism

by |September 27th, 2016

As featured in Commonweal Magazine | 26 September 2016 Each year, the planet breaks another global-warming record. Each month, we hear more stories of record-breaking droughts, heat waves, floods, fires, and extreme weather events that are supposed to occur only once a generation. And each new study seems to suggest that critical triggers like melting polar ice caps are coming… read more


Does the Ghanaian Schooling System Make Children Literate?

by |May 12th, 2016

As featured in the Huffington Post | 12 May 2016 Northern Ghana region is well known for its rural and remote environment. Schools are far apart and access becomes an issue, especially in the rainy season. Despite many attempts from the District Education Officials, teachers don’t prefer to reside in the area. They commute by public… read more

Categories: Education, Ghana

A more intuitive approach to ICT integration put to the test in Rwanda

by |May 12th, 2016

Five years ago, when Connect To Learn was launched, conventional wisdom informing new ICT in education programs often assumed that with access to devices and broadband connectivity, remote, resource-poor schools could be transformed through access to the world of learning resources available online. Connect To Learn’s initial technology solution was designed accordingly by partner Ericsson,… read more

Categories: Education

CSD’s Connect to Learn initiative is featured in Glamour Magazine

by |March 22nd, 2016

Glamour Magazine’s Maggie Mertens visited Myanmar in January to learn more about how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is improving the quality of education for thousands of students in Mon and Bago districts. Connect to Learn, a joint initiative of the Center for Sustainable Development / Earth Institute, Ericsson, and Millennium Promise, aims to ensure all children have… read more


Medak District, Telangana State in India is trying something new and here is why we need to pay attention to it…

by |March 15th, 2016

As featured in the Huffington Post | 14 March 2016 Ronald Rose, an enterprising District Collector of Medak District of India’s Telangana state has his heart towards health and education sector reforms. Under the leadership of Dr. Nirupam Bajpai of the Columbia Global Center, Mumbai, a team of learning experts from Columbia University New York will… read more

Categories: Education

Bringing Local Language Literacy to Mayange, Rwanda

by |October 1st, 2015

  By: Aimee Vachon, MVP summer intern 2015 Beginning in July 2015, a new twist on an age-old approach to teaching literacy was introduced through a pilot program at four schools in the Mayange, Rwanda community. Initially piloted in 2014 at the MVP site in Mwandama, Malawi, the program focuses on the classic approach of… read more

Introducing the concept of "inside" and "outside" using a a whole-class instructional approach

Sustainable ICT in Action: Lessons Learned at Potou Elementary School, Senegal

by |September 9th, 2015

By Jim Teicher, CEO & Director, Cybersmart Africa According to a 2014 UNESCO study of 46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, in more than half the countries, 80 percent of primary schools have no access to electricity. Millions of children are denied the technology-enabled learning they deserve in our globalized world. In partnership with The Earth… read more

Presenting at American Educational Research Association, April 2015

by |April 13th, 2015

Radhika Iyengar, Director of Education, will be participating in a symposium entitled, “What’s new? Challenges and possibilities for educational innovation around the world”, at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago, April 16-20, 2015.  She will be presenting, Real-time Data for Real-time Use: Case Studies from Ghana and Mali. This paper… read more

Multimedia and a touchscreen display bring learning to life in schools without electricity.

The Grassroots Rise of a New Learning Technology

by |January 20th, 2015

Lessons Learned From the Field in Potou, Senegal By Jim Teicher, CEO & Director, CyberSmart Africa CyberSmart Africa, a digital learning social enterprise, has been working with The Earth Institute and teachers and students in Potou, Senegal since 2011 to actively test and refine a whole-classroom learning technology solution that has the potential to achieve massive… read more