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 |

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 |

Despite evidence that girls outperform boys in educational achievement, a common perception was that boys were naturally smarter than girls, and did not need to work as hard. (Photo: Harsha…

Harsha Aturupane, Roshini Mary Ebenezer |

A new tool is aiming to provide comprehensive data to better understand the complexities of an education system. (Photo: Bart Verweij / World Bank) When it comes to evaluating education systems,…

Angela Demas, Myra Murad Khan |

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 |

The Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs)—a set of international targets adopted by the international community last September at the United Nations—recognizes the central role that quality…

Amit Dar, Salman Asim, Robert Chase |

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 |

Blogging from the World Bank's Indigenous Peoples Research Dissemination Workshop in Washington DC. As is well known, there are more 300 million indigenous peoples in the world.  While they…

Harry A. Patrinos |

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 |