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.
Developing countries have made tremendous progress in getting children into the classroom, with the majority of children worldwide are now in primary school. Nevertheless, some 260 million children are still out of primary and secondary school. In his newest blog, World Bank Global Director for Education Jaime Saavedra marked International Day of Education on January 24 as a day to mobilize political ambition, actions, and solutions to recover learning losses due to the pandemic, while recognizing that even before the pandemic, we lived in a learning crisis.
- AFRICA: What Will It Take for Africa to Lead an Education Turnaround?
- LAC: The lasting scars of education losses
- DATA: How much do countries spend on education, and how do the price levels of education compare? Three charts from the International Comparison Program
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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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