Monthly Archives: March 2014
The Varkey GEMS Foundation established the prize to raise the stature of the teaching profession, so that children will dream of becoming the greatest teacher in the world. We seek to celebrate the best teachers — those who inspire their students and community around them. The Foundation believes that vibrant education awakens and supports the full potential of young people. The status of teachers in our cultures is key to our global future.
The award — the equivalent of a ‘Nobel Prize’ — operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The prize underlines the importance of the teaching profession and symbolises the fact that teachers throughout the world deserve to be recognised and celebrated. The winner will be chosen by the prominent Global #TeacherPrize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world.
The closing date for applications will be 31 August 2014, and the winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum 2015 in Dubai next spring.
Applicants of the prestigious Global #TeacherPrize will be judged based on a rigorous set of criteria aimed to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. The Academy will look for evidence of:
- Having encouraged others to join the teaching profession
- Improving access to a quality education for children of all backgrounds.
- Having developed and shared innovative thought leadership that has improved access to quality teaching.
- Accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession.
- Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head-teachers or members of the wider community.
- Having prepared children to be global citizens in a world where they will encounter people from many different religions, cultures and nationalities.
- Having employed innovative and effective instructional practices and achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom.
- Having contributed to public debates on raising the bar of the teaching profession, whether through writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences.
For more information,visit: Global Teacher Prize
The African Network Information Center – AFRINIC announces the call for entries for the 2014 FIRE Awards.
The Fund for Internet Research and Education (FIRE) aims at encouraging ICT development innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Africa. The FIRE programme Awards is granted to initiatives already completed or in their final implementation phase and that are aligned with the three funding categories:
1) Innovation on Access provision: fostering ICT growth in Africa by ensuring that the delivery mechanism is available, reliable and scalable;
2) E-development: the development, deployment and enhancement of content, applications and solutions.
3) Freedom of Expression: initiatives related to freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumer’s rights, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to Internet and human rights.
The FIRE Programme invites African organisations, entrepreneurs and innovators to propose projects under one of three categories.
The registration deadline for the 2014 Awards has been set for 31 March 2014.
About FIRE:The FIRE programme seeks out for actors from the African region to provide solutions to such issues by:
- Supporting the development of affordable and efficient Internet infrastructure;
- Developing and promoting the adoption of innovative applications and services;
- Supporting individual rights awareness and strength trust between organizations and individuals in the region.
The FIRE programme will be sharing lessons learned on our collaborative platforms as a way to spread the word about successful projects and experiences from which communities around the region can learn and replicate when facing similar problems. The FIRE programme, which provides small grants and awards, has been set-up to help local and regional projects designed to introducing, improving and applying Internet technology for the benefit of African users and communities.
Future Earth is a 10-year international research programme that will provide critical knowledge required for societies to face the challenges posed by global environmental change and to identify opportunities for transformations towards global sustainability. Future Earth brings together thousands of scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law.
The Future Earth Engagement Committee is a strategic advisory group whose primary purpose is to foster in-depth and innovative interactions between science and society to address global environmental change and transform towards global sustainability. The Engagement Committee will provide strategic advice from a user perspective on Future Earth research, engagement and other activities, and will develop high-level engagement with stakeholders including policy-makers, business and civil society.
Members are sought for the inaugural Engagement Committee of Future Earth, the global research platform providing the knowledge to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world. Future Earth is a 10-year international research programme that will mobilise multi-disciplinary expertise, stakeholders and resources to ensure that scientific knowledge makes a larger contribution to societal debate and decision-making for sustainable development.
The formation of an Engagement Committee for Future Earth takes place at a crucial juncture for global sustainable development. The ongoing definition of Sustainable Development Goals and the prospect of a new global climate agreement at COP21 make this a potentially transformative period, underpinned by an increasing appreciation that the problems of today are global and highly connected calling for an unprecedented collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders.
Future Earth aims to create a step-change in science by co-designing and co-delivering solutions-oriented research for sustainable development with government, business and civil society. Future Earth integrates major international research programmes and projects that have pioneered research on global environmental change over the past decades – DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
The Future Earth Engagement Committee will be a strategic advisory group, comprising thought-leaders from stakeholder groups including business, policy and civil society. Working together with the Future Earth Science Committee and the Secretariat, its primary purpose will be to foster in-depth and innovative interactions between science and society. The Engagement Committee will provide leadership and creative thinking on how to bridge the gap between knowledge and solutions for sustainable development.
The deadline for applications is 14 March 2014.
For more information and to apply, please see our announcement:http://www.icsu.org/news-centre/news/call-for-applications-for-future-earth-engagement-committee
Future Earth is sponsored by the members of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as an observer.
Are you a youth thinking about contesting for elective position? Do you believe you have what it takes to lead and contribute to nation building through politics?
Then YALF Season 2 is for you. Come and understand:
- What is elective position and public office
- How youth can effectively run for elective offices
- How young females can achieve their political aspirations
- What are the best entry points for youth interested in elective positions
- Participate in a non partisan support network to encourage youth aspirants
- What are other resources youth can tap into towards their political aspirations
And much more!
YALF Season 2 shall offer 2 workshops in Abuja and Lagos, a good governance learning visit to a highly performing state in Nigeria, a community leadership experience and certificate of participation.
- Prof. Pat Utomi – Centre for Values in Leadership
- Senator Babajide Omoworare – National Assembly
- Hon Abike Dabire – National Assembly
- Hon Chris Fotabong – Youth Parliamentarian Cameroon
- Ayisa Osori – CEO Nigeria Women Trust Fund
- Hon Zainab Galadima – Councilor, Abuja
- Nentawe Gomiyar – Young Aspirant
- Lynus Okorie – CEO GOTNI
- Hon. Nkoyo Toyo – National Assembly
There shall be other speakers from media houses, development partners, electoral experts etc.
Political Party Interface: There shall also be a special session with political parties.
The first workshop will hold on 24th – 28th March 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria.
Youth between the ages of 18 and 35, interested in running for political office.
Apply using the Online Application System
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
Selected candidates will pay a registration fee of N10,000.
Participants are responsible for their transportation to Abuja. Lunch and accommodation shall be provided.
For more inquiries call +234 703 5535 876 or +234 809 8333 348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Young Aspirants Leadership Fellowship is an initiative of Youngstars Foundation and supported by UNDP-DGD
For more information,visit: Youngstars Foundation