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Interactive education data at your fingertips

Husein Abdul-Hamid's picture
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An easier way of finding education data online. (Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank)

Statistics. Either you love or hate them. We certainly need them to compare and measure data, as well as to make informed decisions. Here at the World Bank, we often get calls from researchers, students and journalists asking for education data: Is there an increase in the number of tertiary education students in Brazil in 2017? How much are governments in South Asia spending on education? Where can we find a database of World Bank education projects?

We try to help answer these, as much as we can, but a quicker and easier way of finding this data is to visit the World Bank’s revamped EdStats website. EdStats – the World Bank’s portal for accessing education-related data – has been around since 1998 and is one of the most used websites by education specialists at the World Bank and partner organizations. User feedback has been highly positive: the interface looks neater, highly mobile and tablet-friendly. Allow me to give you a “tour” of the revamped website.

Les données interactives sur l’éducation sont maintenant au bout des doigts !

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Les données interactives sur l’éducation sont maintenant au bout des doigts ! (Photo : Arne Hoel / World Bank)

Les statistiques, on peut les aimer ou les détester, mais il nous les faut pour mesurer et comparer des données et pour ensuite prendre les décisions qui s’imposent. À la Banque mondiale, nous sommes souvent contactés par des chercheurs, étudiants et journalistes qui cherchent des données sur l’éducation. « Le Brésil a-t-il connu une augmentation des effectifs universitaires en 2017 ? À combien s’élèvent les dépenses publiques pour l’éducation dans les pays de la Asie du Sud-Est ? Où peut-on trouver une base de données relative aux projets de la Banque mondiale dans le secteur de l’éducation ? »
Notre équipe fait de son mieux pour répondre à ces questions, mais vous pouvez accéder plus facilement et plus rapidement à ces informations en visitant EdStats.  Ce site web, récemment relooké, est le portail de la Banque mondiale pour les données concernant le secteur de l’éducation, et est parmi les sites les plus fréquentés par les experts en éducation de la Banque mondiale et de ses organismes partenaires. Le retour des utilisateurs est particulièrement positif : l’interface rénovée est plus claire, et parfaitement adaptée aux tablettes et mobiles.

Pending homework: More teachers who inspire

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In India, Jaime spoke to teachers who have dedicated their lives to the education of students with special needs at the Dharabi Transitional Municipal School Corporation College. (Photo: Marcela Gutierrez Bernal/ World Bank)

Last Wednesday, the World Development Report 2018, Learning to Realize Education’s Promise (WDR) was released. It argues that there is a learning crisis: in many developing countries, children learn very little, educational opportunities are unequal, and educational progress is still very slow. What do we need to change this? We need prepared learners, who receive adequate nutrition and stimulation in their early years. We need well managed schools that create an environment conducive to learning. We need adequate inputs so that schools can operate effectively. But above all, we need motivated and well-prepared teachers. In classrooms around the world, white boards and screens have replaced black boards and notebooks are increasingly commonplace. But in this 21st century, with increased use of technology, there is one constant that determines, more than anything else, whether children learn at school: teachers. Indeed, teachers remain central to the classroom experience. And yet in many countries, the teaching profession needs attention and reform.

Un devoir à remettre: des enseignants édifiants

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Jaime, avec des enseignants qui s’engagent en faveur de l’éducation d’enfants vivant en situation de handicap au Dharabi Transitional Municipal School Corporation College (Mumbai, India). (Photo: Marcela Gutierrez Bernal / World Bank)

Mercredi dernier a vu le lancement du Rapport sur le développement dans le monde: apprendre pour réaliser la promesse de l’éducation. Le monde fait face à une crise d’apprentissage.  Dans beaucoup de pays en développement, les apprentissages sont insuffisants, les opportunités d’apprentissage sont inégalement réparties, et les progrès s’accumulent à un rythme trop lent. Que faire pour remédier à cette situation ? Faire en sorte que l’élève commence sa scolarité ayant eu une alimentation et une stimulation adéquates pendant les premières années de sa vie, que l’école, bien dirigée, offre un environnement propice aux apprentissages, que les ressources dont l’école dispose lui permettent de fonctionner avec efficacité, et, ce qui est le plus important, que l’enseignant soit motivé et bien formé.

Four cautionary lessons about education technology

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Technology in education is often seen as a solution. It holds promise, but caution is warranted.
Photo: Charlotte Kesl / World Bank

There is no denying that governments around the world are expanding investments in education technology, from inputs that students use directly (like Kenya’s project to put tablets in schools) to digital resources to improve the education system (like Rio de Janeiro’s school management system). As public and private school systems continue to integrate technology into their classrooms, remember that education technology comes with risks. 

Closing the Gap in Turkey: Evidence of Improved Quality and Reduced Inequality in an Expanding Education System

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Turkey’s remarkable economic growth over the last decade has been a much quoted success story. One often hears that the country trebled its per capita income, and has become the 16th largest economy in the world. One hears less often that this economic growth has been inclusive, accompanied by reduced poverty and expanded access to social services in health and education. And yet even these debates on expanded social services rarely move beyond quoting the headline numbers to look at the dynamics of change in the sector(s). This omission is unfortunate because the dynamics of change in the social sectors can be a harbinger for future progress. I want to draw the reader’s attention to the unheralded progress in the education sector.

A Lesson from Malala: Girls’ Education Pays Off

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Originally published on the World Bank 'Voices: Perspectives on Development' blog


When I heard the news last autumn that 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan had been shot simply for standing up for her right as a girl to get an education, I was horrified.

It also reminded me how lucky I was.

When I was offered a rare scholarship to study abroad, it wasn’t acceptable for me, as a young married Indonesian woman, to live apart from my husband. My mother laid out two options: Either he would join me, which meant giving up his job, or I had to decline the offer.

I know it was her way to advocate for my husband to support me, which he did without hesitation. We both went to the United States to complete our master’s degrees. I combined it with a doctorate in economics, and we had our first child, a daughter, while we both were graduate students.

Reaching the Classroom Is Just the First Step

In his recent Huffington Post blog, World Bank President Jim Kim spoke about how the learning crisis is one of the greatest obstacles to development. According to the United Nations, an estimated 171 million people can lift themselves out of poverty if all students in poor countries acquired basic reading skills.