We are living a global learning crisis. More than half of children in low- and middle-income countries cannot read and understand a simple text by age ten. A few weeks ago during the World Bank…

Jaime Saavedra |

Principals have to deal with hundreds of students and their personal and academic challenges. (Photo: Sarah Farhat​ / World Bank) All schools are different. I’m not referring to the building, the…

Jaime Saavedra |

Los directores tienen que lidiar con los desafíos personales y académicos de cientos de estudiantes. (Foto: Sarah Farhat / Banco Mundial)​ Todas las escuelas son distintas. No hablo del edificio,…

Jaime Saavedra |

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 |

International assessments aren’t perfect but they offer useful insights into how countries can help all students learn to high levels. (Photo: Dominic Chavez / World Bank) Results for the…

Marguerite Clarke |

Ajay (third from right) was a Mitacs Globalink research intern at the University of Toronto. With the Indian economy poised to be among the fastest growing economies in the world, there is great…

Jessica Lee |

Why Teachers Matter Happy World Teachers’ Day! Several days ago, my colleagues and I were thinking of a way to honor and celebrate teachers. We decided to go into schools and ask students…

Anne Elicaño-Shields |

What are the jobs of the future? How can I steer my daughter to a career which offers the best potential for secure employment? If I am honest with her, no one really knows. A decade ago, who had…

Mohammed A. Khan |

Twenty years ago when I was a relatively new economist at the World Bank, I was part of the Bank’s delegation to Jomtien, Thailand, where the heads of several multilateral development agencies,…

Elizabeth King |

Last week, I traveled to New York City to attend the first International Summit on the Teaching Profession hosted by the US Department of Education, the OECD, and Education International, a global…

Emiliana Vegas |