With the World Bank’s assistance, many governments are seeking to expand or improve early childhood education programs. The Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund is supporting a number of evaluations…

Samuel Fishman |

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 |

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 |

Malgré les preuves que les filles réussissent mieux leur scolarité, une perception générale veut que les garçons soient naturellement plus doués que les filles et que, de ce fait, ils puissent…

Harsha Aturupane, Roshini Mary Ebenezer |

“I refuse to be seen in the lesser light of society and aim to be a trail-blazer.” From left-right: Leroy Philips, Yaa Oppong and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo (Photo: Brandon Payne / World Bank) Last…

M. Yaa Oppong, Leroy Phillips |

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 |

Editor’s Note: This guest blog is by Salah-Eddine Kandri, the Global Sector Lead for education at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).   According to a report from McKinsey, about 60…

Salah-Eddine Kandri |

12-year old Rafiq, selling ‘chotpoti’, a popular snack in Bangladesh. Photo Credit: Mabruk Kabir/World Bank Deep in the winding alleys of a Dhaka slum, business was booming. Rafiq, an…

Mabruk Kabir, Dilip Parajuli |

PISA measures the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank  Investing in people starts by ensuring that graduates…

Christian Bodewig, Lucas Gortazar |

Syrian refugee students listen to their school teacher during math classes.  Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank ​In Europe, the year 2015 will be remembered as the year of the “refugee crisis.”…

Christian Bodewig |