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February 2019

Beyond Basic Education: The Economic Case for Expanding Schooling in Vietnam

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When the World Bank published its Human Capital Index in October 2018, Vietnam ranked 48th out of 157 countries. In education, Vietnam ranked 27th in terms of harmonized learning outcomes, higher even than the regional average. This is quite an achievement for a country of its income and level of development. In fact, our calculations showed that Vietnam’s standings improved in recent years and that educational attainment and achievement remain high. In Vietnam, as in other countries, investing in education remains a profitable activity for families and society.

Digital School Census in 10 Weeks? How it was done in Sierra Leone

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Data being collected from students in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. (Photo: Kabira Namit/World Bank)
Les données concernent entre autres les élèves de Port Loko, Sierra Leone. (Photo: Kabira Namit/Banque mondiale)

Note: This blog is specifically about Sierra Leone’s successful transition to a digital school census but has broader implications for other countries who plan to adopt digital tools at a wider scale to collect data and monitor education and healthcare facilities in their countries. 

In April of last year, the new Minister of Finance of Sierra Leone approached the World Bank with a strong commitment to prioritize education and an intriguing request.