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Online education’s potential in Latin America starting to be tapped

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Law student at Catholic University of Peru, Jean Franco Gutierrez Quevedo studies at the library in Lima, Peru on June 27, 2013. Photo © World Bank/Dominic Chavez

Four years ago, while sitting on a plane heading for a business development trip to Asia, a colleague asked me if I had heard of a new course from Stanford University in which more than 100,000 students enrolled after it was put online. A nascent company called Coursera was behind the initiative, he told me. My interest piqued, I contacted Coursera founders Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. A few short months later, the IFC decided to invest, the start of a relationship that continues to blossom.

Welcoming Michelle Obama to the World Bank and furthering a commitment to girls’ education

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First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim advocate for girls and women across the world. Photo: Grant Ellis / World Bank

My elder sisters could not get an education because at that time, there was no primary school in the village. For me it was difficult too, my school had no facilities, no water, toilet or rooms for 80 girls. Had this school not been built I would be out of school.” These are the words of Zarghony, the youngest child in a family of six and a beneficiary of the Promoting Girls’ Education in Balochistan Project (PGEB). Zarghony was once among the 62 million girls around the world who are out of school but now she benefits from a safe and secure learning environment.

Early childhood development: A smart investment for life

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A young boy smiles at the camera, as his mother holds him. Photo Aisha Faquir / World Bank.

Early Childhood Development: A Smart Beginning for Economies on the Rise is one of the events at the 2016 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group. It will be webcast on April 14, 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm ET.

Have you ever heard the phrase “Inequality starts at birth”? This is one of the most sobering statements in development but one that has an answer and it’s called early childhood development or ECD. No other development investment boasts a higher payoff for people and for economies than ECD.

Développement de la petite enfance : un investissement judicieux pour la vie

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Le développement du jeune enfant : un bon départ vers un avenir prometteur. Tel est le thème d’une discussion diffusée en ligne le 14 avril, de 16 h 30 à 18 h 00 (ET), dans le cadre des Réunions de printemps 2016 du Fonds monétaire international et du Groupe de la Banque mondiale.

Les inégalités commencent dès la naissance. C’est l’une des affirmations qui donnent le plus à réfléchir lorsque l’on parle de développement. Mais il existe une réponse : le développement de la petite enfance. Aucun autre investissement dans le développement n’est plus rentable pour la population et pour l’économie d’un pays. Les récentes avancées des neurosciences et les données recueillies à travers le monde montrent que le vécu du jeune enfant a un profond impact sur son développement cérébral et sur ses chances de réussite dans la vie. Non seulement les cinq premières années de vie, et même la période précédant la grossesse, sont déterminantes pour le développement cérébral et physique, mais elles influent également, de manière décisive, sur la capacité de l’enfant à grandir, à apprendre, à rester en bonne santé et à communiquer avec autrui.

Desarrollo en la primera infancia: Una inversión inteligente para toda la vida

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Desarrollo en la primera infancia: Un comienzo inteligente para las economías en crecimiento es el título de uno de los eventos que se realizarán durante las Reuniones de Primavera de 2016 del Fondo Monetario Internacional y el Grupo Banco Mundial, y que se transmitirá por Internet el 14 de abril desde las 16.30 hasta las 18.00, hora del este de Estados Unidos.

¿Escucharon alguna vez la frase “La desigualdad comienza en el nacimiento”? Es una de las afirmaciones más serias del ámbito del desarrollo, pero plantea un problema que ya tiene respuesta: el desarrollo en la primera infancia (DPI). No hay ninguna otra inversión en el desarrollo que genere tantos beneficios para las personas y para las economías como el DPI.

Measurement matters in preschool quality

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Children and teachers in an early childhood education center in rural Indonesia
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Recent studies in neuroscience and economics show that early childhood experiences have a profound impact on brain development and thus on outcomes throughout life. A growing number of impact evaluations from low- and middle-income countries underscore the importance of preschool for children’s development (to highlight a few: Cambodia, Mozambique, and Indonesia).

School nutrition programs are the first line of defense against diabetes

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Children having meals in school in Ghana. Photo: © Arne Hoel/The World Bank

April 7th is World Health Day, a day to highlight emerging global health concerns. The focus this year is raising awareness on the diabetes epidemic, and its dramatic increase in low- and middle-income countries.

Why sports and development go hand in hand

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Young boys playing soccer in Namibia. Photo: © John Hogg/World Bank

People often ask me how I became the person I am today. More often than not, my answer surprises them. Sports has a lot to do with it. In many countries across the globe, soccer is a way of life. As a kid, growing up in Senegal, sport was part of my daily life. I practiced all kinds of sports but track and field and karate were my two passions. Martial arts taught me the importance of not giving up, while running kept me focused.  My coaches in Senegal were true educators.

READ this: Why we must measure literacy at an early age

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Measuring young children's skills in Malawi.

A couple of years ago Room to Read, a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world, implored viewers to try to not to read anything at all in a popular ad.  

Teacher Management 2.0: An innovative, data-driven approach in Malawi

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Nine year old Selina Josophati, a standard two learner at the Government Junior Primary School in Mchinji district of Malawi. Photo Credits: Wathando Mughandira

There is a need for a teachers’ house in my school,” said nine-year old Selina Josophati.

Selina, a second grade student at the government-run primary school in the Mchinji district of Malawi, is afraid that without a place to live, all the teachers in her school might leave town, shattering her dreams to continue studying and join secondary school. Selina wants to become a teacher when she grows up.