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Education is a human right, a powerful driver of development, and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability. The World Bank Group is the largest financier of education in the developing world, working in 90 countries and committed to helping them reach SDG4: access to inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.

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Our newest update from January 30 shows that domestic food price inflation remains high around the world, with high inflation in almost all low-income and middle-income countries. The countries affected most are in Africa, North America, Latin America, South Asia, Europe, and Central Asia.

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OP-ED

David Malpass: Reversing the Global Learning Crisis Before it Derails a Generation of Children

As many as 70% of 10 year-olds in low- and middle-income economies can’t read and understand a basic text—what we call “learning poverty.” In his op-ed, originally published in USA Today, World Bank Group President David Malpass shares the four steps that are needed to recover learning losses and transform education. 

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Money matters, and it’s impossible to imagine increasing the primary school completion rate in low-income countries from its current 67 percent to every child finishing elementary school without increasing spending, just in terms of construction and teachers for all these additional students. But how we spend the money also matters - so increase school spending, track its use, measure its impact, and adjust. Source

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