Reaching the Classroom Is Just the First Step


This page in:

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.

Improving literacy and numeracy can boost annual economic growth by 2 percent in low-income countries. When girls get to go to school, the impact is even more profound. Better access to education for girls since 1970 has prevented more than 4 million child deaths and providing girls one extra year of education boosts eventual wages by 10-20 percent.

So, what will it take to achieve Learning for All? The president’s blog outlines 5 critical actions for countries and their partners: investing early, supporting the most disadvantaged children, making schooling count, measuring what children read and ensuring resiliency. Read the full blog here and also see a related infographic. 

Follow World Bank Education on twitter @Wbeducation.



Education Team

World Bank Education News

Join the Conversation

Joseph Ogar
May 02, 2013

Third world countries,especially those in West Africa should be encouraged to look into the option of laying of their interest in ownership of rural schools.And lead local communities to partner with their diaspora and consultancy organisations in quality rural education.If this is done teaching and learning could be made more relevant and meaningful to the rural child reducing apathy and increasing enrollment even for girls.But fist things first, such partnerships have to key into internationally acceptable definitions of quality rural education.

educate a girl
May 13, 2013

When you get the chance of study please use the time properly, once its pass it never come back the time and please help the school the girls in their study because they depend of parents.

June 09, 2013

This is an excellent post, the first step is to reach the classroom and this is the hardest where poverty reigns and easy where people are well-off and the rest of the steps are the hardest where people are well-off and quite easier where poverty reigns. That much said, Education deserves much of the global effort !

Distance Education In Mumbai
June 13, 2013

Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog
and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
After all I will be subscribing to your Web-Page and I hope you write again very soon!
distance Education in Mumbai

June 17, 2013

Reaching the classroom is the first step of the child, but if he does not effort that much also, then whose responsibilities it become, allow him to take a first step for the government of the country should be responsible for that.

July 03, 2013

eduction is very important part of our life it gives the all knowledge of our world and gives to understand about of our knowledge.

Distance Learning
July 06, 2013

I really enjoy simply reading all of your weblogs. Simply wanted to inform you that you have people like me who appreciate your work..

paper consulting
July 24, 2013

It would be super neat to see a book-writing experiment using Coursera's built-in wiki platform.
I am going to add that to the project syllabus now! What a great idea, a MOOC-written book using the wiki on the future of education as open, peer education on a massive, global scale.
Thanks so much for suggesting it.

Tsemogne Sado
July 24, 2013

I like the comments publish on this blogs, but I would like to emphasize on the fact that the first step in education, reaching the classroom in poor countries is the result of efforts that should be done by both populations and governments. Cultural believes are still very strong, and it will take a methodological approach to handle the situation. On the other hand, the decentralization process that is going on in many countries can help the government addressing directly the situation. I thing the World Bank should work on that aspect.

July 26, 2013

This is a good news. Thanks for sharing this.