Posts Tagged as “education

21st century blog

Reflections on recent site visits to education partners in Tanzania

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Our partners in our Grassroots Innovations in Early Learning initiative are implementing a range of innovative approaches to improve children’s early development and learning in Tanzania. Recently, I had the honor of visiting three of these partners, and getting a first-hand look at some of the wonderful work that they are doing. In Dar-es-Salaam, I spent some time with Organization for Community Development (OCODE). OCODE works with communities and local government to improve the learning environment in early primary, focusing particularly on [...]

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Students in Firelight partner programs

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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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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Initiative Overview: Improving Malawian Secondary School Access and Completion Through Innovation

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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. In 2014, 1.4 million youth were eligible for secondary school in Malawi, but only 346,000 of those were enrolled. If Malawi is going to rise out of being one of the lowest [...]

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