Education

Celebrating Different Types of Literacy this International Literacy Day

by |September 7th, 2018

This Saturday, September 8th, is International Literacy Day, a day for governments and civil society around the world to celebrate and reflect on progress made toward addressing the nearly 14% of the world’s population above age 15 who lack literacy skills, a majority of whom are women.[1]  With this year’s theme of Literacy and Skills… read more

On International Mother Language Day: Use science driven approaches to improve local language literacy

by |February 21st, 2018

Previous research suggests that teaching in local language that the children are familiar in makes them literate faster. Many countries have formulated policies to ensure that local language is the language of instruction at school. However, many countries still prefer English or French as their official language at school. Research suggests that it takes at… read more

South African university crisis needs a change of policy, not just more money

by |October 27th, 2016

As featured in The Conversation | 27 October 2016 South Africa’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, has had to juggle two competing sets of demands in approaching the 2016 medium term budget. On the one hand the government’s debt-to-GDP ratio has doubled since the global financial crisis in 2009. Since then, South Africa has also suffered from low economic… read more

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

Why students should bear some of the burden of hikes

by |October 3rd, 2016

As featured in Business Live | 3 October 2016 The Fees Must Fall campaign of 2015 has placed the financing of higher education at centre stage in the political arena. Students complain that fees have increased at rates higher than consumer price inflation. This has indeed been the case from 2009 to 2015, with the rate… read more

The financing of higher education in South Africa

by |September 22nd, 2016

As featured in Econ3x3 | 22 September 2016 Higher-than-inflation increases in student fees since 2009 often are blamed on declining government subsidies to universities. This is not entirely correct, if one considers real per-student subsidies. Fee increases resulted mainly from cost pressures faced by universities due to growing student numbers and a weakening rand. These pressures… read more

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

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

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

EFA Global Monitoring Report – Consultation for the 2016 Report

by |December 8th, 2014

Dear Colleagues, Starting in 2016, a new series of reports will monitor the state of education in the framework of the anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be finalized by the UN in September 2015. The first report in this series, the 2016 Report, will focus on ‘Education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda’, as… read more