In Guatemala and Honduras, education is legally compulsory through ninth grade, but nearly 40% of sixth graders drop out before getting there. This is the reality for many countries middle and low…

Melissa Adelman, Francisco Haimovich Paz, Enrique Alasino |

At the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia, the World Bank highlighted the importance of human capital for economic development.   Central to…

Julia Liberman, Rachel Cooper, Victoria Levin |

The first time a World Bank education team tried classroom observations in Brazil, it nearly provoked a state-wide teachers’ strike. It was October 2009 in the northeast state of Pernambuco and…

Daphna Berman |

On her daily walk down the muddy road that connects her home with school, Beatriz would sing a cumbia and dream of becoming a professional dancer. However, she would soon find out that her…

Rafael de Hoyos, Natalie O'Connor |

Secondary School students from southern Malawi gather for their general assembly (Christin Mcconell/World Bank) I asked Martha, a Form Four (Grade 12) student at a secondary school in southern…

Christin McConnell |

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 |

Girls take part in a safe space session in Zambia, where they learn about how and why to avoid early marriage. Over this past decade, some 140 million girls, most living in the developing world,…

Quentin Wodon, Suzanne Petroni |

Photo Credit: Andy Tembon / World Bank October 16 is World Food Day, a day when people come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger within a lifetime. Many school-age children…

Andy Chi Tembon, Linda Brooke Schultz, Erick Fernandes |

Alternatives to the traditional public school system are actively being sought and radical approaches for expanding school accountability are being widely touted.  For example, in the award-…

Harry A. Patrinos |