Funders' Role in Scaling Education Innovation


Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation

When it comes to education, there's a lot we can do ourselves, but we can't do it for others.

That's according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that looks at how some of the world's biggest philanthropic groupsincluding the MacArthur Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the European Commissionare getting involved in education in places like Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

"The education system has been quick to teach about innovation and painfully slow to innovate in the way we teach," the study's authors write.

"Fortunately, that has begun in recent years to change; however, that has begun in recent years to change; however, we believe much more can, and must, be done."

The study looked at how some of the world's biggest philanthropic groups are getting involved in education in places like Syria, where a joint venture between Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee found "significant increases in the numbers of communities reached and outcomes achieved didn't happen until year four, when interventions designed with government ministries launched."

But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"In the absence of institutions that are able, motivated, and positioned to perform these tasks, the vast

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