Unpacking the Mobi-Case: UNICEF’s Digital School-in-a-Box

Teachers and textbooks are not easily mobilized to crisis-affected and remote rural areas. The Mobi-Case is a portable, suitcase-sized digital classroom containing a projector, speaker, laptop, scanner and free educational content. It provides many of the tools needed to enable education service delivery in hard-to-reach regions anytime, anywhere.

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Playing for Impact: Gamification in ID

Sport and game play have long been instruments in international development programming in communicating ideas, furthering education and fostering community participation in locales around the globe. They are also prevalent in many ID workshops, bringing welcome relief from lectures or meetings. Importantly, game play is often used as a tool to bring up and break down sensitive issues that are …

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E-Readers Help Combat Illiteracy

The United Nations estimates that roughly 774 million people worldwide are illiterate, including nearly 123 million children. To address this, reading programs are desperately needed in schools. One of the major problems that schoolchildren throughout the Global South face is a severe lack of access to books. These are the issues at the heart of Worldreader’s programs. Worldreader is a …

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Ballooning Internet Access in Remote Regions of Brazil

An estimated 50 percent of Brazilians lack internet access, a figure that is disproportionally higher in hard-to-reach, rural areas that are not covered by fiber-optic cable networks. In response, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is working to bring connectivity to isolated communities through internet-transmitting balloons. These balloons, equipped with radio transceivers, would be anchored in strategic locations including …

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Contextualizing School Curricula to Daily Needs

  CARE Rwanda has been integrating new lessons into certain primary schools in rural areas of the country. The always innovative organization has partnered with 27 schools to add new modules into their curriculum that educate pupils on concepts of sustainable farming through the Farmers of the Future Initiative. Schools were given the equipment and assistance to start a garden. …

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Malala Yousafzai and Vodafone’s Innovative Mobile Literacy Program

After recovering from the being shot by members of the Taliban while campaigning for women’s right to education in rural Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is ready to launch a partnership with the Vodafone Foundation to help bring literacy to women in developing countries through mobile technology. Although Yousafzai is only 16, the teen has already written a book (I am Malala: The …

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CARE’s Rwandan Childhood Project, a Best-Practice In Program Integration

CARE International has been implementing an innovative early childhood development project in parts of Rwanda that is changing lives in a number of sectors. This project deserves to be highlighted because of the phenomenal manner in which it integrates distinct developmental practices into one comprehensive program. Beneficiaries of all ages are engaged at various levels throughout their lives, with the …

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Time-Share Schooling brings Refugee Children back into the Classroom

The Syrian crisis has led to an outpouring of more than 2.3 million people into other countries in the region. Of that, an estimated 865,000 are children, and 70 – 80% are not enrolled in school. It is a harrowing concern, and a UK-based organization has taken the lead on bringing kids back into the classroom. Host countries like Lebanon …

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Conditional Cash Transfers: The Ups and Downs

As a companion piece to the post that covered GiveDirectly’s method of giving unconditional funds to beneficiaries, here is an example from a World Bank study on when it might be appropriate to engage in conditional cash transfers (CCT). The issue here is female school attendance. It is generally a very good thing to see more girls in school for …

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