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CIES 2018: Re-mapping Global Education, South-North Dialogue

March 22, 2018 —

FHI 360 will join colleagues from around the world at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference from March 25–29, 2018, in Mexico City, Mexico. Attendees will explore the hierarchies embedded in global education and how to bring historically underrepresented voices into the discussion.

Working in true partnership with stakeholders and building on local knowledge, capacity and experience are at the core of FHI 360’s education work around the world. At this year’s conference, FHI 360 will discuss these partnerships and how we are advancing equality and equity in all our programming. Presentation topics range from teaching children to read in 11 mother languages in Ghana to building a global evidence base around accelerated education to providing labor market-relevant skills to university students in Afghanistan. Selected FHI 360 presentations are summarized below.

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Education Equity Research Initiative, Mind the Gap: Trivia Night at CIES
8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Hilton Reforma, 6th Floor Terrace, 70 Avenida Juárez, Ciudad de México
Hosted by FHI 360, Save the Children, the Basic Education Coalition and RTI

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR SESSIONS AT #CIES2018

FHI 360 will participate in more than 30 workshops and presentations.

Read the full list. Highlights include:

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Pre-Conference Workshop: The Future of Work, STEM and Education: Taking Home Lessons from Egypt, India and Mexico

When education systems do not emphasize STEM or integrate critical soft skills into the learning process, young people often leave school unprepared, and societies and economies miss out. Participants will hear about lessons they can apply to schools, development projects and policy frameworks.

MONDAY, MARCH 26

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. The Equity Initiative: Prioritizing Disabilities – Sharpening Focus on Inclusive Education Policy and Practice

Children with disabilities often face societal discrimination and stigma, which can result in exclusion from educational opportunities. This panel will explore the Equity Initiative’s findings on improving the availability and quality of data on the access, prevalence and achievement of children with disabilities in education.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Developing Early Grade Reading Materials in 11 Languages: Learning in Ghana

Panelists will discuss how the project rapidly integrated itself within the policies and circumstances of Ghana’s educational context and conducted reading-focused research to fill gaps in linguistic knowledge, the outcomes of which changed program design.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Measuring the Unmeasurable Factors that Lead Youth to Success in School and at Work: Innovations and Challenges from Uganda

This panel will explore the emerging innovations in soft skill assessments aimed at different levels of the Ugandan education-workforce continuum. FHI 360 will detail development of a tool that measures key soft skills.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. The Why and How of Strengthening Secondary Education in the Global South: Funder and Practitioner Perspectives

This panel will explore why strengthening secondary education in the global South is so important and provide recommendations on how to reconceptualize secondary education at the classroom, school and system levels.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Conflict Sensitive Education Series – Measuring Progress Appropriately: Indicators for Safe Learning Environments, Conflict Sensitivity, Access and Retention, and Program Adaptation

As part of this panel, FHI 360 will introduce potential standard indicators on equitable education access that allow for aggregation and comparison across projects and provide guidance on how to develop customized indicators that recognize context-specific patterns of exclusion and education inequity.