The international education sector is complex and diverse. Further below we have mapped out some of the actors in this ecosystem, including thematic and philanthropic networks, education data and statistics, and several resources that may be useful to your grantmaking. These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the International Education Funders Group of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.

Resources in Response to COVID-19

Information and Statistics
Foundation Support
  • Foundations react to COVID-19:
    • Firelight Foundation put together a number of suggestions for all donors as to how they can help their grantees in the face of COVID-19 – no matter what they fund.
    • Imaginable Futures’ open letter to their partners.
    • EdelGive Foundation’s open letter to all funders.
Distance Learning and Teaching Support
  • Home learning support:
    • Home learning support for parents and guardians in eight different languages collated by Education Above All. EAA’s also provides project based resources for home schooling, i.e. a bank of educational projects that are across subjects, interdisciplinary, engaging and do not require any technology to be implemented. The projects are designed for different age groups and have low resource requirements.
    • Aga Khan Foundation provides support for families to help children learn at home during COVID-19:
      • Resource 1 – Supporting Families to Help Children Learn and Grow at Home during COVID-19: An overview and introduction to key tips and learning resources that families may consider to help their children continue to learn and grow while schools are closed during COVID-19.
      • Resource 2 – 12 Tips to Support Families to Help Children Learn and Grow at Home – An abbreviated set of 12 tips to provide parents and caretakers with a quick guide of suggested ideas and reflections to consider during COVID-19.
      • Resource 3 – 75 Suggested Online and Offline Learning Activities to Help Children Learn and Grow at Home – A curated set of 75 suggested offline and online learning activities and resources to support families to help children learn and develop during COVID-19.
    • The Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) provides a database of resources to support the provision of education in places affected by COVID-19, with particular focus on distance learning, alternative education, e-learning, and psychosocial support.
    • The World Bank has curated this list of resources and related documents collected and prepared by the World Bank’s edtech team in support of national dialogues with policymakers around the world.
    • Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge. The organisation will release activities weekly — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty—over the course of the next few months.
    • BookSmart gives parents and caregivers access to a library from their mobile phones so they can support their children’s learning while physical schools are out of session.
    • Ubongo is Africa’s leading producer of kids’ edutainment and provides educational videos on maths, science, and life skills for 7 to 14-year-olds.
    • Think Equal launched a Free Home Kit series of 6 sets of narrative picture books and activity sheets designed for parents or caregivers and children at home.
  • Teaching support for educators and practitioners:
    • Aga Khan Foundation has put together the following resources for educators during COVID-19 to help children and young people continue to learn and thrive:
      • Resource 1 – Supporting Educators’ Wellbeing and Professional Development during COVID-19 –  A curated collection of 11 tips, 32 offline and online resources to support educators’ wellbeing and professional development, and 10 recommendations for teacher support.
      • Resource 2 – Supporting Pre-School Educators to Help Children Learn during COVID-19 –  A curated collection of 12 practical teaching tips for pre-primary teachers, 25 offline and online teaching resources to help young children’s learning and psychosocial wellbeing, and 10 recommendations for pre-primary learning improvement programming during COVID-19.
      • Resource 3 – Supporting Primary School Educators to Help Students Learn during COVID-19 –  A curated collection of 11 practical teaching tips for primary school teachers, 50 offline and online teaching resources to help primary school-aged students’ learning and psychosocial wellbeing, and 12 recommendations for primary school education improvement programming during COVID-19.
      • Resource 4 – Supporting Secondary School Educators to Help Students Learn during COVID-19 –  A curated collection of 10 practical teaching tips for secondary school teachers, 50 offline and online teaching resources to help older students’ learning and psychosocial wellbeing, and 10 recommendations for secondary school education improvement programming during COVID-19.
    • Aga Khan Foundation developed the Inclusive Learning Environment Guide and the three Online Video Courses prior to COVID-19. However, these courses are even more relevant during these challenging times. The three online courses are open and available free of charge on AKF’s Blended Learning Initiative platform.  Anybody is welcome to create an account and self-enrol in the courses:
      • Course 1- Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment: This course will help educators to deepen their knowledge and skills in creating an inclusive learning environment, reflect on their teaching practices and integrate new instructional strategies into their classrooms. The course intends to help educators to identify: a) how best to build positive student-teacher relationships; and b) how best to use instructional strategies and assessment methods to support the development of students’ 21st century growth mindset skills, pluralistic values and respectful attitudes. The course will give the participants the opportunity to observe a series of real-life classrooms from several countries that demonstrate best practices.
      • Course 2 – Developmental Dialogues: This course will introduce educators to the purpose of ‘developmental dialogues in education’ and the importance of classroom observation experiences. It will also introduce participants to the role of the teacher as a mentee and the role of the mentor. It will give the participants the chance to observe a series of real-life development dialogues from several classroom contexts across a variety of countries. Participants will improve their mentorship and ‘menteeship’ skills through ‘developmental dialogues in education’. 
      • Course 3:  Facilitating an Inclusive Learning Environment Workshop: This course will introduce the participants to the role of being a workshop facilitator and how to conduct face to face training sessions of the Inclusive Learning Environment Guide.  It will help participants to improve their facilitation skills and understand how best to contextualize the guide and its components to their contexts. 
    • The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education joined forces with UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) to produce a new Handbook on Flexible Learning during COVID-19 and released a special publication entitled “Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning During Educational Disruption: The Chinese Experience in Maintaining Undisrupted Learning in COVID-19 Outbreak”.
    • HundrED in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report on “Quality Education For All During COVID-19” that documents 30 resources and initiatives that have the potential to help parents, teachers and children navigate through the plethora of challenges facing education during the pandemic. The accompanying website is compiling stories, tools and ideas to support student learning and wellbeing.
    • The EdTech Hub provides information and insights about the appropriate and effective use of EdTech in low and middle-income countries in response to COVID-19.
    • Trello Business Class (for educators K-12 and beyond), provided for free by Atlassian over the coming year.
    • The Whole Education Blog collated a list of resources to support schools during the Coronavirus crisis.
    • This micro-course by the Carey Institute for Global Good supports new online teachers with the design, development, and implementation of an online module, workshop, course or program by introducing instructional processes and strategies for online learning.
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Resources for Grantmakers

Organisations, tools and resources recommended by members over the years. Please feel free to email us new suggestions.

  • Education Equity Research Inititiave – A collaborative partnership that connects organizations and individuals committed to building stronger evidence and knowledge for improving solutions for equity in and through education and how to mainstream equity in your programme.
  • Philanthropy University – The initiative by Philanthropy U, Inc. powered by Berkley-Hass, offers a number of free online courses that will allow participants to earn a certificate in social sector leadership from Haas School of Business, Berkeley. The courses are predominantly geared towards NGOs and others in the social change sector who want to grow their capacity in leadership and management.
  • Grantcraft – GrantCraft develops and curates resources across different strategies, issues, languages, and formats.
  • Geofunders – Since 1997, GEO has provided opportunities for grantmakers to come together to share knowledge and inspire each other to act.
  • 360Giving GrantNav – 360Giving supports organisations to publish their grants data in an open, standardised way and helps people to understand and use the data in order to support decision-making and learning across the charitable giving sector.
  • Foundation Center / Online Directory – A database of US foundations based on tax information.
  • Pro Bono Economics – PBE charity projects help organisations to measure performance, improve their services and better track outcomes. For 2017, PBE will be focusing its work on areas where improved well-being is a central purpose: Education, employment, mental health, and complex needs.
  • Bond – Bond is the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations working in international development.
  • mySociety Research programme – The mySociety Research team investigates the impact of Civic Technology tools: those they produce themselves, and those from the wider community. As the field matures, it is important to understand whether tools are creating genuinely positive outcomes for as many people as possible. To that end, the Research Team pursues the following lines of enquiry:
    • What is the impact of our tools? Who feels that impact? How beneficial is it?
    • Are we reaching all demographics? If not, what can we change to improve that?
    • What effect does it have when we make small modifications to the way our technology works?
  • The Center for Effective Philanthropy – CEP is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve philanthropy through the development of data and insight to enable higher-performing funders.
  • Reos Partners – Reos Partners is a consultancy to think through ‘big’ problems.
  • Investing in Knowledge Sharing to Advance SDG4 – This report helps you as a grantmaker think through how your program can contribute to building a Global Education Ecosystem of knowledge.
  • Explore SEL – The site serves as a navigator for the field of social and emotional learning—providing information and tools that summarize and connect the major frameworks and skills in the field to support transparency and informed decision-making.

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