Millennium Villages Project

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

1.)	A community education worker stands in front of Dunwura School’s kindergarten, built by the community.

Community-Based Support for Education in Ghana’s Millennium Villages Project

by |September 9th, 2014

By: Sarayu Adeni It takes a village to raise a child…and a child’s school. While education initiatives in the Bonsaaso village cluster, Amansie West District, Ghana, are largely led by Millennium Villages Project, several communities have their own ways of offering local support. The most common contribution is school building construction: classrooms, teachers’ cottages, administrative… read more

The Potou Elementary School principal uses a specially adapted interactive whiteboard.

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

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

Young religious students, often without schoolbooks, use tablets, or aloua to write and memorize Koranic verses.

Koranic Schools Pose a Challenge to Millennium Development Goal Two and the Definition of a Basic Education in Potou, Senegal

by |November 4th, 2013

Written By: Diptesh Paresh Soni While there are 54 public primary schools in the village cluster of Potou in Senegal, there are also around 60 private Koranic schools, or daaras. The popularity of the daaras poses significant difficulties for attaining universal basic education in the area: daaras do not teach French, the official language of… read more

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Addressing The Global Learning Crisis: The Case of MVP

by |July 16th, 2013

Authors: Radhika Iyengar and Alia Karim Currently, in sub-Saharan Africa 76% of primary school-aged children enroll in primary schools, of which only 53% complete primary school. Only 28% of those who complete primary school enroll in secondary schools, of which only 6% enter any tertiary education. What is going wrong with the education system in… read more

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Social and Emotional Learning in Ruhiira, Uganda

by |May 6th, 2013

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an educational approach that promotes self-awareness, social awareness and relationship skills, among other things. The initiative was started after an ethnographic assessment by Dr. Yanis Ben Amor and Michael Healy showed that 70 to 80 percent of girls and young women in the Ruhiira, Uganda cluster are affected by… read more

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Taking Stock and Moving Ahead: Education Push for 2015 in the Millennium Villages

by |November 15th, 2012

Kigali, Rwanda Last week, staff from the MDG Centre for East and Southern Africa, the MDG Centre for West and Central Africa, and the Earth Institute met in Kigali, Rwanda for an education-focused retreat. The theme was, “Embracing Impact-driven Innovative Strategies & Re-energizing Existing Efforts to Fast-track MDG 2 Indicators by 2015: Stock-taking and Moving… read more

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Prabhjot Singh wins $40,000 Young Leader Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

by |October 26th, 2012

Prabhjot Singh, director of systems design for CGSD, has won a $40,000 Young Leader Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prabhjot is one of 10 winners of the first-ever Young Leader Awards, which mark the 40th anniversary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The awards recognize leaders who are ages 40 or under “for their… read more

Students on break at a local school in Ruhiira high above the valley. Since the arrival of MVP, this school now benefits from pumped water and reliable energy, school meals prepared in clean burning cook stoves and new teacher housing.

Comparing Millennium Villages: A Lesson in Localization

by |September 6th, 2012

The Earth Institute houses development expertise that spans sectors, agro-ecological zones, and nearly every region of the world, and we have been able to draw on this global experience and the lessons learned to provide innovative approaches to some of the world’s most complex development challenges.  The Millennium Villages (MV) Model is an example of… read more