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Why education matters for economic development

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Young girl stands to read. Photo: © Steve Harris / World Bank


At the Global Conference on Equity and Excellence in Basic Education, in Shanghai, China, May 17-19, 2016, the World Bank will be discussing Shanghai’s eminence in ranking highly in international achievement tests. The conference will also cover how good policy can help improve education quality in other countries. See slideshow, press release, key findings . 


“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”- Laozi (老子), ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching. He is the founder of philosophical Taoism and is worshipped as a deity in Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.


There are more children in school today than ever before.  For example, in 1950 the average level of schooling in Africa was less than two years. It is more than five years today.  In East Asia and the Pacific, the schooling of the population went from two to seven years between 1950 and 2010. This is a more than a 200 percent increase! Globally, average years of schooling are now projected to rise to 10 years by 2050.  This is larger than a five-fold increase within a century and a half.

教育因何对经济发展至关重要

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© Steve Harris / World Bank

517日至19日期间,在中国上海举办的“公平与卓越:全球基础教育发展论坛”上,世界银行将探讨上海在国际学业成就测评中所取得的骄人名次。论坛还将讨论其他国家如何借助良好的政策以改善教育质量。
 “授人以鱼,不如授之以渔,授人以鱼只救一时之急,授人以渔则可解一生之需。”