In fiscal year 2014, the World Bank’s new support for education totaled $3.6 billion, up sharply from $2.9 billion in 2013 and boosted by increased support for basic education.
The World Bank is one of the largest external education financiers for developing countries, managing a portfolio of $11 billion, with operations in 71 countries. The World Bank supports education through an average of $2.8 billion a year in new financing for the poorest countries as well as for middle-income countries.
These are some of the World Bank’s education outcomes at the country level:
In the three Ebola-affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), approximately 18,365 schools will benefit from World Bank support as they reopen after the crisis.
In India, 78% of public school teachers working in elementary schools are now receiving improved in-service training, up from 50% in 2012. Under the Third Elementary Education Project in 2014, girls enrolment rose to over 48% . In addition, 85% of schools now have separate toilets for boys and girls, up from 72% in 2012.
In Indonesia, more than half a million children aged 0-6 in poor, hard-to-reach districts received early childhood education between 2007 and 2013. Under the Bermutu project (2007-2013), over 1.7 million teachers have acquired the mandated four-year college degree. The project is supporting further development for teachers through training, research, and establishment of professional working groups at the local level.
In Laos, 443 schools were built, approximately 4,000 teachers were trained, and more than two million textbooks were distributed up from 1993 to 2013, under the Education Development Projects.
In Haiti, 1,000 adolescent girls received training in non-technical and soft-skills to facilitate their school-to-work transition and improve their employment and earnings potential from 2012 until 2013.
In Nigeria, the World Bank supported government efforts to expand access to post-basic education, primarily through the Lagos Eko Project, which will be completed in December 2015. Senior secondary school students’ grades in Lagos state surpassed expectations, and the proportion of students obtaining grade B and above in science and technology was more than double the expected result.
In Djibouti, over 100 new classrooms in both urban and rural areas increased access to primary education for more than 7,000 children, including 3,300 girls (2005-2011).
In Bangladesh, between 2004 and 2012, “second chance” primary education was provided for more than 790,000 out of school children (more than half of them girls) from the 90 poorest sub-districts of the country.
Working together, World Bank and GPE support improved education outcomes around the globe. In Moldova, for example, access to quality early childhood education increased from 66% (2004) to 77% (2011).
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2015