These are some of the WBG’s education results at the country level:
In Belarus, the Belarus Education Modernization Project is improving the quality of its general education by rehabilitating schools across the country, as well as building a comprehensive Education Management and Information System. Through this project, Belarus is also participating for the first time in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), in an effort to measure student performance in mathematics, science, and reading. The Bank Group is also working with the Government on developing and piloting a per-capita student financing mechanism, which is covering 642 schools—about a fifth of all schools in the country.
In Haiti, Bank Group support is providing more than 437,000 tuition waivers, making it possible for an estimated 180,000 disadvantaged youth to attend school. In addition, daily quality hot meals to more than 372,000 students and financial support to an estimated 2,800 schools allowed many educational institutions to reopen following the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. Bank Group support is also focusing on education quality: An accelerated pre-service teacher training resulted in an additional 3,570 qualified primary school teachers.
In India, more than 3,600 residential schools are now supporting the education of 400,000 girls ages 10 to 14. These residential schools, part of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya program, provide room and board, as well as full-time secondary education, and are supported under the India Third Elementary Education Project.
In Indonesia, more than 15,000 teachers across 25 districts were trained to provide early childhood education as part of the Early Childhood Education Smart Generation in Villages program. The program, which was initiated in 2016, strengthened collaboration between various ministries to further early childhood development opportunities, particularly in the country’s poor and rural areas. In Indonesia, an estimated 20,000 villages – or about 30 percent of all villages in the country – don’t have access to early childhood education facilities.
In Jordan, the Government has integrated more than 130,000 Syrian refugee children into public schools and is planning to expand this number to 160,000 with support from the new Bank Group-financed Education Reform Support Program. Bank Group support is also helping the country revise its early grade curriculum and expand preschool access, with the goal of reaching an 85 percent enrollment rate over the next five years. Jordan has also rolled out a new Education Information Management System (OpenEMIS) and is reforming its national assessment system to measure and monitor student learning and provide relevant support to students.
In Lebanon, the Government has integrated 220,000 Syrian refugee children into public schools, increasing the number of students in public schools by more than 80 percent in just four years. The Bank Group-financed Support to Reaching All Children with Education 2 is continuing to support the Government in providing access to education for refugee children, improving the quality of education for all, and strengthening education systems in the country.
In Nicaragua, the Education Sector Strategy Support Project helped certify more than 2,300 community preschool teachers—about a quarter of the national total— through a two-year training. Additionally, the project distributed 191,000 books for secondary school students in five key subjects: Spanish language and literature; mathematics, natural sciences; social sciences, and English.
In Nigeria, the Bank Group approved an additional $100 million for the State Education Program Investment Project that will contribute to the return of students—particularly girls—to schools in the North East states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, and Taraba. Together with partners, the project will help identify out-of-school children, especially girls, and strategize on ways to bring them into school.
In Pakistan, the Sindh School Monitoring System—the country’s first digital monitoring system in the education sector— is leading to the transparent and effective monitoring of staff, students and school infrastructure as a way to reduce absenteeism and other challenges faced in the area’s school system. As part of the program, which was implemented in 2017, more than 210,000 teaching and non-teaching staff have been profiled using biometric information, covering more than 26,200 schools.
As part of Tanzania’s Education Program for Results, primary and secondary school learning has improved across the country. For grade 2 students, the average number of words read per minute in Kiswahili is up from 17.9 in 2013 to 23.6 words per minute in 2016. In mathematics, the number of correct answers per minute, also among grade 2 students, increased from 7.6 to 9.1 during the same period.
In Vietnam, more than 8,000 poor students received tuition subsidies to attend non-public upper secondary schools and professional secondary schools. Using a results-based financing approach, the project linked the payment of a tuition subsidy with student performance. This helped increase access to upper secondary school education and reduce dropout rates among disadvantaged students in 12 provinces.
In the West Bank and Gaza, the Teacher Education Improvement Program has helped train teachers for grades 1-4 in an effort to improve learning quality for Palestinian primary school children. In addition, the Education-to-Work-Transition project is strengthening the relevance of tertiary education programs through strategic partnerships with the private sector. To date, about 6,300 students have received entrepreneurship and soft skills training, to better prepare them for the job market.
In West & Central Africa, 22 university-based Africa Centers of Excellence were created in seven countries to teach young students science-related subjects that are critical for Africa’s development. This Africa-wide program is financed by the Bank Group and implemented by national governments. The ACE for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemer’s University in Nigeria has published crucial research on the Ebola virus. Currently, there are 2,410 regional students enrolled in short-term courses, Master’s, and PhD programs. In 2017, the program celebrated its expansion to East and Southern Africa.
In Yemen, the Bank Group implemented the Secondary Education Development for Girls Access Project in five governorates. A total of 14,350 teachers received training and 89 new female teachers were trained and hired, which encouraged parents to send their daughters to school, especially at the secondary school level. In addition, the project built 43 schools and equipped 50 schools with libraries, and science and computer laboratories.
Find out more about World Bank Group education results here.
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2018