Tools and Systems Design

The need for an SDG Index: What does it mean for Education?

by |June 11th, 2018

Sachs et. al. (2016) released the first ever SDG Index and Dashboards report in July 2016. The report did not present any surprises, but did illuminate the promising hope for many countries in terms meeting the SDGs. In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals era had ended and the UN, along with its 193 member countries,… read more

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

Learning Assessments Occurring at Millennium Village Pampaida, Nigeria

by |December 2nd, 2014

By: Adamu Bulama and Angelique Mahal Adamu Bulama is the Millennium Village Education Coordinator at MV Pampaida, Kaduna State, Nigeria Based on the UWEZO (www.uwezo.net) learning assessment model and framework, MV Pampaida began in May 2014 the process of developing, reviewing, and conducting literacy (in Hausa and English) and numeracy learning assessments for primary grades… 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

Return to Senegal: Success with Digital Learning and the Potential for Scale

by |May 1st, 2014

Author: Jim Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa The CyberSmart Africa team returned to Potou Elementary school in Senegal six weeks after a professional development workshop was held to reinforce whole-class digital learning using a specially adapted interactive whiteboard that can also operate in schools without electricity. We were at the school to observe… read more

Highly Scalable Digital Learning for Potou Elementary School, Senegal

by |March 21st, 2014

Author: Jim Teicher, CEO & Director of CyberSmart Africa In partnership with the Millennium Villages Project in Potou, Senegal, CyberSmart Africa has developed an innovative, highly scalable digital learning solution for sub-Saharan Africa. The “21st Century School-in-a-Box” integrates a specially adapted interactive whiteboard (powered by a solar-charged battery), learning content, teacher training, and broadband access… 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

The Nigeria MDG Information System (NMIS) Takes Open Data Further

by |March 10th, 2014

Author: Candice Heberer, Interaction Designer Right now is an exciting time for the Nigeria Scale-up Project. The Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University, in collaboration with CGSD, are currently in the process of transferring data, technical knowledge and planning resources to our local partners on the ground, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to… read more

One Million Community Health Workers Campaign Marks One Year Anniversary

by |January 29th, 2014

January marks one-year since the launch of the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign! We have lots to celebrate as we continue to mobilize support for the integration of professionally trained community health workers (CHWs) into national health workforces in sub-Saharan Africa. Here are some highlights of the year: Ten countries have requested support… 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