Capacity Building

Stepping into a Virtual Reality Classroom for Teacher Training

by |May 23rd, 2018

By Haein Shin & Tara Stafford Ocansey Addressing the global learning crisis and closing the digital divide requires systems of education that equip young learners with 21st century skills that can be enabled through integration of technology tools in their classrooms. However, teachers often lack not only digital skills themselves, but also the pedagogical breadth—to meaningfully… read more

Under One Roof, Bringing Digital Skills, Solar Energy & Hope for Future Employment To Women

by |May 3rd, 2018

By Haein Shin, Radhika Iyengar, Tara Stafford Ocansey, Joaquin Aviles Lopez, Patricia Oviedo While the global trend advances further into faster and more efficient technology-enabled education, health, agriculture, energy and communications, there remain significant gaps that go unnoticed amidst the sweeping advancements in gender parity, electrification and opportunities for employment. The global access to electricity… read more

Celebrating Young Women’s Economic Empowerment for International Women’s Day 2018

by |March 8th, 2018

On this International Women’s Day of 2018, the era of the Sustainable Development Goals in full swing, we are witnessing more and more women completing higher levels of education, and taking on more leadership roles in governments. In Rwanda, for example, women make up more than half of seats in parliament. Cultural shifts are taking… read more

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