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The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) mobilizes the scientific expertise of the Earth Institute and its partners to provide policy support to address the challenges of sustainable development in a global society.
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    Dr. Radhika Iyengar, Director of Education at the Center for Sustainable Development, discusses the importance of assessing learning outcomes with the International Education News Network (IENN). Watch the full video here: http://internationaleducationnews.com/citizens-opting-into-testing-find-students-are-not-learning-now-need-answers/

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    Five years ago, when Connect To Learn was launched, conventional wisdom informing new ICT in education programs often assumed that with access to devices and broadband connectivity, remote, resource-poor schools could be transformed through access to the world of learning resources available online. Connect To Learn’s initial technology solution was designed accordingly by partner Ericsson,... read more

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    As featured in the Huffington Post | 12 May 2016 Northern Ghana region is well known for its rural and remote environment. Schools are far apart and access becomes an issue, especially in the rainy season. Despite many attempts from the District Education Officials, teachers don’t prefer to reside in the area. They commute by public... read more

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    As featured in Econ3x3 | 22 September 2016 Higher-than-inflation increases in student fees since 2009 often are blamed on declining government subsidies to universities. This is not entirely correct, if one considers real per-student subsidies. Fee increases resulted mainly from cost pressures faced by universities due to growing student numbers and a weakening rand. These pressures... read more

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    As featured in Business Live | 3 October 2016 The Fees Must Fall campaign of 2015 has placed the financing of higher education at centre stage in the political arena. Students complain that fees have increased at rates higher than consumer price inflation. This has indeed been the case from 2009 to 2015, with the rate... read more

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    By Tara Stafford Ocansey, Radhika Iyengar and Haein Shin, as featured in the Huffington Post |  13 October 2016. Today as we celebrate International Day of the Girl, we know that girls with secondary education are six times less likely to be married as children, and twice as likely to send their children to school. We know a... read more

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    As featured in The Conversation | 27 October 2016 South Africa’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, has had to juggle two competing sets of demands in approaching the 2016 medium term budget. On the one hand the government’s debt-to-GDP ratio has doubled since the global financial crisis in 2009. Since then, South Africa has also suffered from low economic... read more

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    As featured in State of the Planet | March 8, 2017 By Justine Dowden & Yanis Ben Amor When Sunita, a student in rural South India, got her period for the first time she was sure she was on the brink of death. For the previous 12 years of her life, she had always known blood... read more

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    By James Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa, a partner of CSD’s Connect to Learn Initiative. | Featured on the CyberSmart Africa blog, 13 March 2017 I just returned from visiting Potou Elementary School on the edge of the Sahara Desert in rural Senegal. In this remote location it was thrilling to observe teachers collaborating and coaching each... read more

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    By CTL scholar Halimatu Shadia | Featured on the Connect to Learn blog, April 6, 2017 The Wa campus of the University for Development Studies is the largest among all its other University campuses in Ghana and one of the most interesting places to be, for every student aspiring to study there. A very busy campus coupled with... read more

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    The Global Partnership for Education, a worthy and capable initiative to promote education in 65 low-income countries, is having what the jargon of development assistance calls a “replenishment round,” meaning that it is asking donor governments to refill its coffers. Yet the fact that the GPE is begging for mere crumbs – a mere $1... read more

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    Previous research suggests that teaching in local language that the children are familiar in makes them literate faster. Many countries have formulated policies to ensure that local language is the language of instruction at school. However, many countries still prefer English or French as their official language at school. Research suggests that it takes at... read more

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    On this International Women’s Day of 2018, the era of the Sustainable Development Goals in full swing, we are witnessing more and more women completing higher levels of education, and taking on more leadership roles in governments. In Rwanda, for example, women make up more than half of seats in parliament. Cultural shifts are taking... read more

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    By Haein Shin, Radhika Iyengar, Tara Stafford Ocansey, Joaquin Aviles Lopez, Patricia Oviedo While the global trend advances further into faster and more efficient technology-enabled education, health, agriculture, energy and communications, there remain significant gaps that go unnoticed amidst the sweeping advancements in gender parity, electrification and opportunities for employment. The global access to electricity... read more

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    Source: Haein Shin, Radhika Iyengar, Tara Stafford Ocansey, Joaquin Aviles Lopez, Patricia Oviedo: UNDER ONE ROOF, BRINGING DIGITAL SKILLS, SOLAR ENERGY & HOPE FOR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT Sachs et. al. (2016) released the first ever SDG Index and Dashboards report in July 2016. The report did not present any surprises, but did illuminate the promising hope... read more

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    By Haein Shin & Tara Stafford Ocansey Addressing the global learning crisis and closing the digital divide requires systems of education that equip young learners with 21st century skills that can be enabled through integration of technology tools in their classrooms. However, teachers often lack not only digital skills themselves, but also the pedagogical breadth—to meaningfully... read more

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    Editor’s Note & Call for Chapters:  Teacher Education Volume by the South Asia Special Interest Group at Comparative International Education Society By Radhika Iyengar & Matthew Witenstein   South Asia Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Comparative International Education Society (CIES) is coming-up with their 2nd volume under Palgrave Macmillan. The SIG’s first book on Participatory... read more

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    Sachs et. al. (2016) released the first ever SDG Index and Dashboards report in July 2016. The report did not present any surprises, but did illuminate the promising hope for many countries in terms meeting the SDGs. In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals era had ended and the UN, along with its 193 member countries,... read more

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    Original article: Boyle, Helen. (2006). Memorization and Learning in Islamic Schools. Comparative Education Review, vol 5. No. 3. Commentary: Boyle (2006) brings to light a very relevant and alive debate: Do Qur’anic schools deserve the negative media attention they receive? Since 9/11 the world’s attention has been directed negatively to Muslim populations in general with... read more