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Private education forum: day two

Yesterday the forum got underway with opening remarks by Mr. Wolfowitz, who drew on his experience as ambassador in Indonesia to focus on poverty and the limited access to education which perpetuates it. He called on the World Bank and the IFC to work together to increase access for the poor, but also to offer quality education and value for students whose families struggle financially to allow them to attend school.

This was followed by an overview of the global trends in this sector and by a presentation on the state of the US private higher education market.

The afternoon focused on examples of private education initiatives in India, Mexico, Vietnam, Trinidad and Tobago and China. Another prominent theme was e-learning - what mode to used (blended with teachers, on-line only), how to deliver quality and make a profit. Again, you can soon find the presentations here.