December 2020

/ The Puggle / December 16, 2020

We have spent this year vacillating between feeling crushed by the pain and devastation this year has brought and feeling inspired by the coming together of many people to meet the needs of this moment. Our final Puggle for this year reflects on both the gifts and “gifts” of 2020, which can be read to […]

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November 2020

/ The Puggle / December 8, 2020

The end of 2020 is (finally) in sight. So, where do things stand with respect to education? In this Puggle we provide some big picture updates on education systems and funding, we offer a few snapshots of the impact of the pandemic on education in sub-Saharan Africa and India, and we close with some research […]

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October 2020

/ The Puggle / November 9, 2020

October was a big month! Here’s a quick rundown of the major pieces related to girls’ education, in case you were too busy keeping your eye on other things the past few weeks (which, truthfully, we’d understand!). Four major reports on (girls’) education were published this month: First, the Global Education Monitoring Report came out […]

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September 2020

/ The Puggle / October 15, 2020

September is typically a back-to-school month here in the U.S., but this year school looks a lot different. With many children going back to school online, it’s not surprising that this month we’ve seen a lot written about education technology. First, a new study from Brookings on “Realizing the Promise” of education technology to improve […]

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August 2020

/ The Puggle / September 10, 2020

Our last post was a bit gloomy, so we’re dedicating this month’s Puggle to discussing solutions that might help the education sector to come out of this crisis stronger. We’re moved by the way Arundhati Roy describes this opportunity:  “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This […]

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July 2020

/ The Puggle / August 3, 2020

What does COVID-19 mean for education and girls’ education in particular? We discuss four themes: (1) Education is in crisis. In fact, it faces more than one crisis. (2) The crisis is especially bad for girls. (3) The pessimistic view is that it will take a long time to recover and inequality will be starker for many years to come. (4) The optimistic view is that we’ll “build back better.”

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June 2020

/ The Puggle / June 24, 2020

As you, our global colleagues, have no doubt seen, it has been a turbulent few weeks in the United States. All of us at Echidna Giving share in the collective anguish and rage at the senseless killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Aubrey Ahmad, and countless other Black Americans. We stand in solidarity with all […]

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May 2020

/ The Puggle / May 18, 2020

The students we aim to serve, their families, you, our grantees continue to be front of mind. Obviously health and safety concerns dominate our thinking as well as the commensurate economic impact, but we are also beginning to shift our focus to the mid and long term. The effects on the education sector, and our […]

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April 2020

/ The Puggle / April 23, 2020

If you are like us, it is probably challenging to think of anything other than the COVID-19 global pandemic. We are anxious about its impact in our communities and what the next phase of this global crisis will bring. It dominates most of our conversations, work, the news cycle and social media streams. So rather […]

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March 2020

/ The Puggle / March 27, 2020

This unprecedented time of the COVID-19 global pandemic has us reflecting on leadership and how strong leadership is more important than ever in a crisis. The World Health Organization is doing their part to focus the response to the crisis on facts, not fears. We appreciate their guidance that “Evidence clearly shows that stigma and […]

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