Posts written by “Mia Schmid


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How are children learning? Uwezo assessment findings from our partners in Tanzania

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In Tanzania, Firelight is working to encourage, strengthen, and replicate or scale innovations in early learning among community-based organizations to improve children’s school readiness, literacy, and numeracy outcomes. Each of Firelight’s grassroots partners under this program takes a holistic and innovative approach to increasing community involvement in children’s early learning. Supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the overarching goal of our Grassroots Innovations in Early Learning Initiative is to improve reading, writing, and arithmetic levels for children in the early [...]

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Strengths and challenges faced by parents of young children in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia

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Firelight is working with 18 grassroots organizations in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia to strengthen their programs in early childhood development and their organizational management. Parents and other primary caregivers, and the relationships they establish with their children, are fundamental to children’s lifelong development and well-being. Through Firelight’s Community-Based Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative, our partners in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia are engaging in a range of strategies to support, empower, and build the capacities of parents and primary caregivers to provide [...]

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Reflections on recent Early Childhood learning exchange visit

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Firelight is working with 18 grassroots organizations in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia to strengthen their programs in early childhood development (ECD) and their organizational management. Once a year, our ECD Lead Partners come together for a learning exchange visit. This past July, Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) hosted organizations from Tanzania and Zambia for a week-long visit in Malawi. This blog includes a brief update on the outcomes of this fruitful learning visit. Read our Initiative Overview for more [...]

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Firelight welcomes new Executive Director, Nina Blackwell

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Nina Blackwell, Firelight’s Executive Director   We are excited to announce that the Firelight Foundation has appointed Nina Blackwell as our new Executive Director. Nina takes over the role from Peter Laugharn who was recently appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. With a long career facilitating social change and leading teams at the highest levels, Nina brings an important mix of passion, experience and leadership to our organization.  We are thrilled to have Nina come on [...]

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Initiative Update: Grassroots Innovations in Early Learning

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Firelight is working with 12 grassroots organizations in Tanzania to improve children’s school readiness, literacy, and numeracy outcomes. Each partner takes a holistic and innovative approach to increase community involvement in children’s early learning. Over the last few months, our early learning partners in Tanzania have been sending us reports on their 2014 activities and proposals for activities in 2015. A couple of our partners have also been receiving capacity-building in strategic planning, board development, and monitoring and evaluation to strengthen [...]

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