Press Release - PSIPSE's 2014 Funded Projects

Press Release - PSIPSE's 2014 Funded Projects

A partnership of private donors and foundations working to improve education today announced $10.3 million in grants that will increase the participation, quality and relevance of secondary education for economically disadvantaged and marginalized children in developing countries.

 

Supporting Use of Evidence in International Education

Supporting Use of Evidence in International Education

A portal launched by the International Institute for Educational Planning provides a dynamic online resource for education policymakers, practitioners, NGOs, and researchers to access evidence and information for improving primary and secondary education internationally. The portal, supported by PSIPSE, seeks to provide a forum for debates and conversation, evaluation of learning interventions, implementation experiences, and assessment options from around the world. 

Assessing Foundational Education in Nigeria

Assessing Foundational Education in Nigeria

The Education Partnership Centre, PSIPSE's local learning partner in Nigeria, has launched LEARNigeria, a citizen-led survey that will generate data on the foundational literacy and numeracy skills of Nigerian children. The data collected by the survey is intended to strengthen education policymaking and equip a wide array of education sector stakeholders with basic information and techniques for improving learning outcomes in Nigeria. 

CHARGE: Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition & Resources for Girls Education

CHARGE: Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition & Resources for Girls Education

The PSIPSE has joined a $600 million Clinton Global Initiative project to help disadvantaged girls, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southwest Asia, attend secondary school. More than 30 groups have joined the project, called Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition & Resources for Girls Education, or CHARGE, which is expected to aid about 14 million girls in the next five years by establishing programs to improve quality of learning and help girls enter and remain in secondary schools. The project was announced by Hillary Clinton at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

VIDEO - STIR Education: Building a Movement of Teacher Changemakers

VIDEO - STIR Education: Building a Movement of Teacher Changemakers

PSIPSE grantee STIR Education works to improve the quality of education in developing countries by empowering both primary and secondary level teachers and principals to lead improvement in their classrooms and schools. This video provides an overview of STIR’s approach, which seeks to empower teachers to reimagine their role in leading change, to build a movement of teacher changemakers, and to create an ecosystem of partners to support and sustain that movement.

Reeta Roy and Robert Gallucci on Philanthropic Partnership to Improve Secondary Education at 2014 Global Philanthropy Forum

Reeta Roy and Robert Gallucci on Philanthropic Partnership to Improve Secondary Education at 2014 Global Philanthropy Forum

MasterCard Foundation President Reeta Roy joined then MacArthur Foundation President, Robert Gallucci, at the 2014 Global Philanthropy Forum for a discussion about the foundations' philanthropic partnership to improve secondary education in developing countries (video below). In conjunction with the Forum, the PSIPSE announced a funding commitment of nearly $28 million to spur innovation and fresh thinking in the field. A video provides more information about the partnership and the work of its grantees in Africa and India. 

Pratham Program Gives Girls a Second Chance

Pratham Program Gives Girls a Second Chance

An initiative by PSIPSE grantee Pratham seeks to address the needs of girls in India who have dropped out of school and still wish to complete their secondary school education. In addition to education courses, the Pratham Open School provides young women some vocational skills so that they are able to “pay back” for the course in kind by promising to teach at least 20 children in their respective villages. In spring 2013, a class of 257 women in Odisha who previously dropped out of school had 62 percent of its class pass state certification examinations. A new video from Pratham provides a glimpse into the program and the lives of its students. 

UN Secretary General Announces New Global Education Initiative

UN Secretary General Announces New Global Education Initiative

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched a five-year global initiative called Education First that aims to raise the political profile of education and bring together a broad coalition of participants to improve access to and quality of education. The Brookings Institution's Center for Universal Education was tapped to serve as the Technical Secretariat for the first year of the initiative.