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 |

Leadership is a critical aspect of all social endeavors. In schools, talented leadership is essential to student achievement. (Photo: Graham Crouch / World Bank) Leadership is a critical aspect of…

Harriet Nannyonjo |

Results-based financing can force conversation to focus on developing a theory of change that starts with results. (Photo: Minna Mattero / World Bank) We just got back from Nepal to see how…

Jessica Lee, Peter Holland |

Technology rapidly changes the workplace and the skills demanded, making current workers less employable. One approach is to think about the kind of work that technology cannot replace. (Photo:…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Education is an investment: every year of schooling raises earnings by ten percent. Photo: Maxim Zolotukhin / World Bank Last month, I joined a group of former education ministers and experts for…

Harry A. Patrinos |

Young children work on their activity sheets at a school in Jamaica. (Photo: Christina Wright / World Bank)
After getting off to a slower start than our colleagues in health, results-based…

Peter Holland, Christina D. Wright |

This Children’s Day, I am thinking back to an event on the link between quality education and inclusive growth that we had last month in Lima, Peru. The event was memorable not only because of…

Claudia Costin |

On International Children’s Day, we reflect on the kind of world our children will inherit. To prosper in a rapidly changing world, all children need more than basic literacy and numeracy. They…

Daphna Berman |

How did a new training college in Jamaica win a Caribbean-wide award that recognizes the best innovations for solving complex problems?  Jamaica’s National College for Education Leadership (NCEL)…

Anne Elicaño-Shields |

Sally McGregor working in Bangladesh, taken 13 years ago Sally McGregor was a newly trained physician when she moved to Jamaica in 1965 from England for what she called a one-year “adventure.” …

Daphna Berman, Aliza Marcus |