World Education at CIES 2023

February 3rd, 2023 | News

World Education staff will be attending the Comparative International Education Society (CIES) 2023 conference in Washington, D.C. February 18th through the 22nd to collaborate with other education professionals on how we can best work together to increase equitable access to education.

Our staff will be presenting on methods for removing barriers to girls’ education, supporting students with disabilities in the classroom, and developing decodable books to supplement phonics-based instruction. We will also be at table GF30 at the conference to connect with colleagues and share more about our work.

Learn more about our presentations and poster:

Leave No Child Behind: Issues in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Leave (NO) Girls Behind – A case study of Special Needs Education in Ghana 

Sun, February 19, 9:45 to 11:15am EST, Grand Hyatt Washington, Floor: Independence Level (5B), Independence D. 

Girls with disabilities in Ghana are not receiving the education and services they need. Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools have inadequate resources and facilities, and public schools are not well equipped to provide special education care. Research from the Strategic Approaches to Girls Education project led to a structured approach from the project and the Government of Ghana to identify girls with disabilities, enroll them in SEN schools, and put in place support mechanisms and safeguarding measures. This presentation will explain these processes that are improving inclusive education and our efforts to ensure sustainability.

Culture and Lifelong Learning

Future-oriented and proactive measures for meeting OOSG needs in Ghana 

Sun, February 19, 6:30 to 8:00pm EST, Grand Hyatt Washington, Floor: Declaration Level (1B), Declaration A.

In spite of the huge investments in education over the last three decades, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2019) reports that 129.2 million girls worldwide are still out of school, with the highest proportion in sub-Saharan Africa. In Ghana, socio-economic and gender disparities continue to exist and many families still struggle to meet basic needs, let alone invest in their children’s education. This presentation discusses effective and innovative strategies to removing barriers to education and skills development by identifying who and where these out-of-school children are and why they are excluded.

Poster Session 5

Decodable Books Development: Adopting & Adapting Global Best Practices in Benin to Achieve Better Reading Outcomes and Foster Inclusivity and Equity

Mon, February 20, 9:30 to 11:00am EST, Grand Hyatt Washington, Floor: Constitution Level (3B), Constitution E. 

Global evidence points overwhelmingly to the fact that decoding is the most effective way to teach phonics skills. The books developed to teach decoding and phonics must not only have appropriate scope and sequence and be visually conducive to better reading comprehension, but also have content and imagery that are engaging and foster a sense of inclusion and equity among learners. This poster will provide an evidence-based introduction to decodables, including a review of global best practices, research on decodable book development, and a suite of access resources. The poster will then provide a step-by-step road-map to World Education’s development of decodable books in collaboration with the Government of Benin.

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