In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Christopher Thomas |

  Alberto Gwande, the Headteacher at the Khuzi school near Nathenje, Lilongwe Rural East District, Malawi. Photo: Ravinder Casley Gera Alberto Gwande and his students at Khuzi school in Malawi…

Salman Asim |

Gender parity in educational attainment may mask other important inequalities. (Photo: Vuong Hai Hoang / World Bank) In many ways, girls’ education is a success story in global development.…

Stephanie Psaki, Katharine McCarthy, Barbara Mensch |

Assessments make a lot of people nervous, and I’m not just talking about the students who have to take them. As a psychometrician (assessment expert) and World Bank staffer, I’ve worked on…

Marguerite Clarke |

Data shows that huge swaths of populations in developing countries are not learning to read. Scaling up early reading interventions will be a first step toward addressing these high illiteracy…

Harry A. Patrinos, Jimmy Graham, Sean Kelly |

While more ECA program countries are participating in the PISA assessment of 15-year-old students' skills, education poverty in these countries has only slightly declined since 2000. (Photo:…

Cristian Aedo, Katia Herrera Sosa |

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’…

Salman Asim |

Students in a READ-financed Mozambique program take their exams. Photo by Jem Heinzel NelsonEd: This guest post is by Alan Ruby, senior scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for…

Alan Ruby |

More photos in a slideshow about early childhood development in Malawi  here. 
Today, on the Day of the African Child, we interview our World Bank colleague, Christin McConnell, about early…

Aliza Marcus |

Part of the World Bank’s new vision is to step up its efforts to help fragile and conflict-afflicted states break the vicious cycle of poverty. But this is no easy task.   The destruction of…

Massimiliano Calì |