Capacity Building

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

Technology for Accessing, Maintaining, and Using Education Data: Are We There Yet?

by |August 13th, 2014

Authors: Radhika Iyengar  iyengar@ei.columbia.edu Angelique Mahal  amahal@ei.columbia.edu Background to EMIS Countries have been investing in their Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) to collect, manage, display and use education data. EMIS have been used to inform budget and resource allocation (International Institute for Educational Planning [IIEP] 2006; InfoDev, 2006d) and to aid educational management, policy formulation,… read more

Coaching Health Workers to Maximize Performance

by |August 1st, 2014

Health workers strive to achieve high performance in the same way professionals do in many fields – gain knowledge through study and refine skills through practice. Ongoing coaching is also often needed to achieve peak performance. Most health systems, however, deploy health workers to the field with little further mentorship to help them hone their… read more

Strengthening Health, Education, and Water Systems Across Nigeria

by |July 14th, 2014

Countries around the world are accelerating efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global milestones adopted by the United Nations, before the 2015 deadline. Though approaches for advancing progress have been effective in some places, achieving development at scale remains a major challenge, particularly for large countries with diverse conditions. Since… read more

Ghana Completes the 1st Community Health Worker Roadmap

by |May 6th, 2014

The One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign, through close collaboration with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health, is pleased to announce the release of the government’s national Community Health Worker (CHW) Roadmap. The Roadmap details the technical model of the new Ghanaian CHW program including health services to be delivered, essential supplies package, training requirements, terms… read more

The Curiosity of Youth and Innovative Teaching Methods- a Discussion at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE), India

by |April 2nd, 2014

Earlier this month Professor Judith Parker was invited to the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) in Bhopal, India. IASE is in charge of the professional development of teachers from secondary school on and includes awarding degrees such as Bachelors, Masters and Diplomas to potential school teachers. The morning of Professor Parker’s visit started… read more

Can Coaching Health Workers Improve the Performance of Health Systems?

by |March 17th, 2014

Co-Author: Shubhra Kumar, Research Associate at Columbia Global Center South Asia In a 2011 article in the New Yorker, surgeon and writer Atul Gawande explored the idea of having coaches, such as in sports and singing, for other professionals including teachers and doctors. Different than managing or simply teaching, coaching combines judgment, guidance, and accompaniment… read more

Teacher uses locally available materials to create learning materials for class, this keeps students interested

Creative Teaching Methods: Linking theory and practice

by |December 10th, 2013

The concept of “learner centered pedagogy” is embedded in education policies and theoretical jargon in teacher training colleges, but rarely reaches the pupils it is intended to help. The connection between theory and practice is often lost when teachers are forced to manage large classes in poor environments with a dearth of materials and the… read more

CHW Deborah Adjei measures the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) of 7-month-old Abena Boadiwaah on a home visit in Takorasi, Bonsaaso Millennium Village. The MUAC measurement is an potential indicator of malnutrition - the green result indicates a healthy weight and size.

Perspectives from Women in Bonsaaso on Nutrition Interventions

by |November 19th, 2013

Written by: Uyen K Huynh & Meena Lee In Bonsaaso, Ghana, it is common practice to feed newborn babies water. Water in this district can be infected with rotavirus, which can cause dangerous bouts of diarrhea in newborns, exacerbating Bonsaaso’s malnutrition problem. Changing long-held beliefs – even beliefs that negatively impact community health – can… read more

Proposal Development Training in Nigeria

by |February 11th, 2013

  Since 2010, a formal partnership between the Nigeria Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President for the Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP – MDGs) and The Earth Institute (EI) at Columbia University has existed. Known as the Nigeria Scale-up Initiative, the focus is an ongoing collaboration through technical support and knowledge transfer, to… read more