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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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31 March 2016
The 2016 Global Forum on Development
OECD Headquarters, Paris, France
Photo: OECD/Andrew Wheeler

Sustainable Development Goals – Think Globally, Act Locally

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On March 30th and 31st I had the extraordinary opportunity and honor to represent the voice of locally-focused philanthropy on two panels at the Global Forum of Development at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. As representatives gathered from member nation-states and multi-lateral institutions, I took stock of the momentous nature of the occasion. We are at a critical point in global development as we build the platforms and collaborations that will hopefully fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals and [...]

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21st century blog

Tackling barriers to secondary education using Human-Centered Design

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Firelight is working with a small cohort of Malawian partner organizations that interact with communities, students, teachers, local leaders, and government officials. The initiative uses a human-centered design (HCD) method to develop innovative approaches that improve transition, persistence, and exam pass rates for students in community day secondary schools. As this initiative launched, one lesson became very clear: human-centered design requires a complete shift in thinking about a problem, and this shift takes time. The organizations chosen for this initiative were [...]

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SAWA - Learning through Play

Community-driven innovations in early learning in Tanzania: Opportunities, lessons, and thoughts for the future

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Photo: Children learn through play at an ECD center started by Safina Women’s Association near Morogoro, Tanzania Firelight has long believed that community organizations are incredibly well placed to understand the needs of their community and what interventions will work best. That is why, in 2011, Firelight Foundation was thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of $1,225,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Early Learning Innovation Fund to support community-based innovative approaches that improve early learning in Tanzania. As a result [...]

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ICS Presentation on Skillful Parenting Practices

Firelight partners present on child protection work at REPSSI conference

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Firelight’s Resilience Initiative provides funding and capacity building support to grassroots organizations in Tanzania working to ensure children realize the fulfillment of their rights and their potential within a safe, caring, and protective environment. This past August, the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) organized an international forum in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe that brought together participants from 23 different countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and America to discuss and share their experiences of working to lessen the social and emotional impacts of [...]

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