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Jakarta Basic Education Conference 2017: Shared Principles for an Equitable and Excellent Basic Education System
March 21-23, 2017Jakarta, Indonesia


More than 130 senior government officials, World Bank representatives, and policymakers from over 25 countries of Africa, East Asia, Middle East, and South Asia gathered in Shanghai on May 17-19, 2016 for the Global Conference on Equity and Excellence in Basic Education to gain insights from Shanghai's enormous success in education.

The Bank’s “How Shanghai Does It” report served as a background study for the Conference. The delegates at the Shanghai conference interacted with Shanghai Education Commission on key education policies and practices, dialogued with principals and teachers, visited Shanghai primary and secondary schools, and observed their Math and English classes.  Many were amazed to find that, even when faced with classes as large as 30 to 40 students, most Shanghai teachers were able to actively engage every one of them by using a diverse range of teaching methods. These were complemented with various ICT tools to achieve learning objectives.

Most delegates left Shanghai impressed with the education system and policies. Most have found that these have not only been carefully planned and are highly coherent, but are also meticulously implemented, with a focus on teachers and classroom instruction. Public financing of education also stands out in its efficiency (3.5% GDP on education) as well as its focus on supporting low performing schools and districts through innovative measures. Speakers from the Netherlands and Poland shed light on the key features of their education systems which share similarities with Shanghai despite the different socioeconomic contexts. 

Beyond the conference, participants networked and further forged partnerships with various Chinese institutions.  Additional side meetings and visits also took place on early childhood education, math and science education, as well as skills and vocational training.

Evaluation results indicate that more than 90% of respondents rated the event as excellent and highly relevant.  A majority of the participants expressed interest in a follow up.  It was tentatively agreed that a conference will be drawn to call for renewed focus on learning outcomes and a follow up conference will take place in 2017 in Indonesia.  


  • The proposed conference aims to follow up on the learning exchanges and collaborations initiated during the Shanghai conference in May 2016 by providing a venue for participants to showcase what has been done since the Shanghai conference.
  • The forum will further aim to share lessons from other best practices and “excellent systems” in basic education globally as well as to facilitate new networks and partnerships.
  • As an outcome of the event, participants will help to further develop the shared consensus and elaborate its principles.

Proposed Themes

The Post-Shanghai event will focus on key characteristics of great education systems that emerged in the 2016 conference.  Sessions will be aim to bring together concrete country experiences as well as emerging research to further elaborate the consensus principles. The four proposed key themes of the conference are:

  1. Teacher policy — Topics will center on supporting effective teaching and learning, especially policies for teacher selection and support, and selection of principals with core competencies including instructional leadership.
  2. Balancing school autonomy and accountability, and the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) — This area will look at best practices and challenges in balancing school autonomy and accountability, as well as the role for the private sector in strengthening education quality and equity.
  3. Finance and Equity — Best practices and challenges in school financing, especially with respect to promoting equity in the system.
  4. Focus on Results — The conference will be an ideal opportunity to facilitate dialogue around the recently published results of PISA 2015.The sessions may include an introductory keynote on PISA results as well as country success stories.


Participants will include government officials and education, experts from the World Bank Group and other development partners, education institutions, researchers and technical experts, and representatives from the private sector.

  • Bridging the Gap between Education and Employability : Indonesia’s Agenda on Development of Human Resources
    By Rudy Salahuddin
  • Education and Economic Development
    By Harry Patrinos
  • Elements of Excellent Education Systems: School Autonomy and Accountability for Results
    By Stanley Rabinowitz
  • Growing Smarter: Education Quality and Economic Growth in East Asia and the Pacific
    By Michael Crawford
  • How to Support Teachers to Teach Better: Lessons from Latin America
    By Javier Luque
  • Starting off Right: Investing in the Early Years
    By Amanda E. Devercelli
  • The Double Helix of Success
    By Lim Lai Cheng
  • Trends in Learning Outcomes
    By Andreas Schleicher
  • Towards Quality Education for Enhanced Productivity & Economic Growth in Indonesia
    By Tazeen Fasih and Rythia Afkar
  • The World Bank Group

    Through its financing, development knowledge, and global partnership, the World Bank Group aspires to eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared growth by 2030. Education is one of the most powerful instruments for growth and poverty alleviation. Since its launch in 2011, the World Bank Group’s Education Strategy 2020: Learning for All, has guided the Bank’s global engagements in education through the strengthening of country education systems around the world. In addition to improving enrollment and completion rates, the strategy’s core idea is that investments in education should achieve Learning for All because growth, development, and poverty reduction depend on the knowledge and skills that people acquire, not the number of years that they sit in a classroom.
  • Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia

  • Government of Australia

    “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) manages the Australian aid program on behalf of the Australian Government. The purpose of the aid program is to promote Australia’s national interests by contributing to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. We pursue this purpose by focusing on two development outcomes: supporting private sector development and strengthening human development. For further information on Australia’s aid program, please refers to DFAT’s website see https://dfat.gov.au/aid/Pages/australias-aid-program.aspx

Day 1: Tuesday March 21

7:30 AM: Registration

8:30 AM: Cultural Performance

9:00 AM: Welcome

  • Mr. Rodrigo Chaves, Country Director, World Bank Group
  • Dr. Justin Lee, Australian Deputy Ambassador for Indonesia
  • Mr. Jaime Saavedra-Chanduvi, incoming Senior Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • His Excellency Mr. Muhajir Effendy, Minister of Education and Culture, Indonesia

9:45 AM: Introduction of the Conference, Speakers and Participants

  • Mr. Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager, World Bank 

10:00 AM: Keynote: The Success and Challenges of Financing Education in a Large Decentralized System

  • Ms. Sri Mulyani, Minister of Finance, Indonesia 

11:30 AM: Keynote: Education and Economic Development

  • Mr. Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager, World Bank 

2:00 PM: Presentation: East Asia Education and Progress and Challenges: Growing Smarter—Education Quality and Economic Growth in East Asia and Pacific 

  • Mr. Michael Crawford, Lead Education Specialist, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank Group

2:45 PM: Presentation: East Asia Education and Progress and Challenges: Growing Smarter—A Case Study of Indonesia 

  • ­­­­­­Ms. Tazeen Fasih, Senior Education Economist, World Bank Group

3:45 PM: Panel Discussion: Bridging the Gap between Education and Employability

  • Moderator: Mr. Francisco Marmolejo, Lead Economist, World Bank Group
  • Opening Presentation: Mr. Rudy Salahuddin, Deputy Minister for Creative Economy, Entrepreneurship, and Cooperative & SMEs Competitiveness, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Indonesia
  • Panel Discussants: Mr. Hwa Ick Jeon, Executive Director, GIFTS, HRD Korea; Mr. Alexandre Fernandes Oliveira, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation; Ms. Rozilini M Fernandez-Chung, Associate Professor, School of Education of Nottingham University, Malaysia Campus; Ms. Reema Nayar, Practice Manager, World Bank Group


Day 2: Wednesday March 22

8:30 AM: Keynote: Improving Education Quality and Equity in Peru

  • Mr. Jaime Saavedra, former Minister of Education, Peru and incoming Senior Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank 

9:15 AM: Panel Discussion: Lessons from Some High-Performing Systems

  • Moderator: Mr. Totok Soefijanto, Research Director, Paramadina Public Policy Institute (TBCI), Indonesia
  • Panel discussants: Mr. Rod Allen, former Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Canada; Mr. Madis Lepajõe, Deputy Secretary General for Youth and Foreign Relations, Estonia; Mr. Saravanan Gopinathan, Academic Director, The HEAD Foundation, Singapore.

11:15 AM: Elements of Excellent Education Systems: 1) Starting off Right– Early Years and Early Reading

  • Moderator and Opening Presentation: Ms. Amanda Devercelli, Senior Education Specialist and Global Lead for Early Childhood Development, World Bank Group
  • Panel discussants: Mr. Harris Iskandar, Director General of Early Childhood Education and Community Education, Indonesia; Ms. Binh Thanh Vu, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank Group; Ms. Rosefita Roesli, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank Group; Ms. Rabia Ali, Economist, World Bank Group; Mr. Ning Fu, Education Specialist, World Bank Group

2:00 PM: Elements of Excellent Education Systems: 2) How to Support Teachers to Teach Better

  • Moderator: Ms. Reema Nayar, Education Practice Manager, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank Group
  • Opening Presentation: Mr. Javier Luque, Senior Education Specialist and Focal Point, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
  • Panel discussants: Mr. Sumarna Surapranata, Director General, Teachers and Education Personnel, Indonesia; Ms. Shabnam Sinha, Lead Education Specialist, World Bank Group; Mr. Andy Ragatz, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank Group

3:45 PM: Elements of Excellent Education Systems: 3) School Autonomy and Accountability

  • Moderator: Ms. Tazeen Fasih, Senior Economist, East Asia & Pacific Region, World Bank Group
  • Opening Presentation: Mr. Stanley Rabinowitz, General Manager, Assessment and Reporting at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
  • Panel discussants: Mr. Nizam, Director, Research and Development Center for Educational Assessment Ministry of Education and Culture; Mr. Nobuhiro Kunieda, Senior Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency; Ms. Marie-Helene Cloutier, Senior Economist, World Bank Group.


Day 3: Wednesday March 23

8:30 AM: Keynote: Trends in Learning Outcomes

  • Mr. Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

9:15 AM: Panel Discussion: Trends in Learning Outcomes

  • Moderator: Mr. Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager, World Bank Group
  • Panel discussants: Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim, Head, UNESCO Bangkok and former Deputy Minister of Education, Korea; Mr. Minxuan Zhang, Director of the Research Institute for International and Comparative Education, Shanghai Normal University and former Deputy Education Commissioner, Shanghai, China; Ms. Rina Ray, Additional Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, India; Mr. Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, OECD.

10:45 AM: Elements of Excellent Education Systems: 4) Non-cognitive skills – Learning for the future

  • Moderator: Ms. Raja Bentaouet Kattan, Lead Education Specialist, World Bank Group
  • Opening Presentation: Dr. Lim Lai Cheng, Executive Director, SMU Academy, Singapore
  • Panel discussants: Mr. Totok Suprayitno, Head of Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia; Mr. Daniel Hernandez Franco, Sectoral Coordinator of Academic Development, Ministry of Education, Mexico; Ms. Katia Herrera, Senior Economist, World Bank Group; Mr. Pablo Acosta, Senior Economist, World Bank Group.