For 62 years, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) has gathered the most dynamic organizations, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in comparative and international education to work together for common goals such as promoting cross-cultural understanding, improving academic achievement, and societal development.
Following an exciting conference last year, the CIES has invited Asante Africa to participate and and take the stage for third consecutive year. The conference, which will be hosted in Mexico City March 25–29, 2018, has been organized under the theme “Re-Mapping Global Education: South-North Dialogue” to raise awareness of “voices, actors and knowledge producers that have historically been marginalized in educational research and institutions.”
Alongside respected international organizations like Room to Read, CARE, Population Council, and Women’s Global Education Project, Asante Africa will participate in a panel that will focus on the Girls Advancement Program. The program aims to a) equip girls and women with economic asset-building skills in conjunction with reproductive health knowledge; b) keep girls in school and advance academics; c) engage parents in family dialogue, including the health risks of cultural practices that curtail education, and d) foster peer support.
Patriciah Muigai (Kenya Programs Manager) and Kanan Puntambekar (Director of Monitoring & Research) will be presenting results from student-led School Club Business Plans and the challenges the program has addressed as well as tools for future replication and engaging local support, on Thursday, March 29, during the panel for “Evidence and Results: It Transforms and Pays — Entrepreneurial and Life Skills Inclusion in Girls’ Programming.”
As CEO Erna Grasz says, “CIES is a prominent conference, where cutting edge innovation is shared. We have the data that demonstrates our efficacy, and it’s an honor to be able to share it in this forum.”
It continues to be a privilege to be invited to the CIES conference. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our youth, staff, and generous supporters and partners that we are looked at as an organization that develops sustainable solutions to problems.
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