Getting Young Mothers Back in the Classroom after Ebola

Sierra Leone finally reopened classroom doors after a nine-month school closure during the Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately, the government also announced a ban on all visibly pregnant girls in the classroom. An initiative has since been launched in collaboration with the government to encourage new and expecting teenage mothers to return to school, in response to the spike in pregnancies observed during the Ebola crisis.

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The All-in-One Menstrual Hygiene Kit

Ninety percent of girls and women use reusable pads or rags. If improperly cleaned or left damp, they are at risk of contracting reproductive infections and illnesses. Flo is a hygiene kit that allows girls to wash, dry and carry reusable sanitary pads.

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Teaching Refugee Children How to Code

A study by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there will be 1.4 million new technology jobs by 2020, and many of those jobs will go unfilled. In her home of Des Moines, Iowa, Nancy Mwirotsi noticed the needs of local African refugee families were enormous. Knowing the need for STEM training to fill future jobs, and the need to support struggling local refugee children, she decided there must be a way to do both.

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Learning Goes Mobile in Lesotho

In Lesotho, only one in three children who start primary school end up completing secondary education. Repetition rates remain high, classrooms are crowded, and teaching resources are limited. Teachers are overburdened and do not have time to hand out homework assignments, resulting in low learning rates outside of the classroom. Sterio.me aims to address these challenges with their new mobile homework program.

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‘Tell it True’ Tackles Corruption in Liberian Schools

Rampant corruption in Liberia’s education system represents a major development obstacle. Thankfully, ‘Tell it True’, a free new reporting tool has emerged to identify unjust behaviour and hold educators accountable. This innovative SMS-based service allows students to report school-related problems anonymously.

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Staying Safe From Floods Through Gamification

In many parts of the world, flooding and natural disasters can be a seasonal threat to people’s lives. While these may be a recurrent theme in some regions, education on preventive and awareness are not always as readily adopted as humanitarian agencies would like. UNESCO-Bangkok has teamed up with software developer Opendream to address this very problem through a unique approach.

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Bringing Science Labs to the Students

  Today marks the 13th annual World Science Day for Peace and Development. The focus of this UN day is to renew scientific commitments to peace and development and to show citizens the extent to which science is relevant in our daily lives. It is an opportunity for international discussions and a venue for innovation, stressing “the responsible use of …

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To Teach Science and Engineering in Haiti, MIT Project Embraces the Kreyòl Language

In 2012, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) won a five-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to produce Kreyòl language education resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Called the MIT-Haiti Initiative, the project will take open education resources previously developed by MIT, translate them into Haiti’s native language of Kreyòl, make them available to higher education institutions in Haiti, and evaluate their effectiveness.

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Lessons via Satellite Bring New Meaning to Distance Education

A UK initiative is seeking to change teaching methodologies and streamline curriculum across the Greater Accra region in an attempt to empower girls to own their education. UK’s DFID has teamed up with the UK private sector bring solar-powered computers to classrooms, which will deliver math and English lessons via satellite that are taught remotely by teachers in the capital.

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