Millions of young students in low- and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunities and lower wages later in life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed. Warning of “a learning crisis” in global education, the World Bank’s “World Development Report 2018—LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise”—says schooling without learning is both a wasted development opportunity and a great injustice to children and young people worldwide. The report marks the first time a World Development report has been dedicated entirely to education.
The report cites South Korea, Peru and Vietnam as examples of how much progress can be made when countries make “learning for all” a priority. Vietnam in particular draws praise for achieving excellent results despite limited resources.
The report calls for three key actions to realize education’s potential: 1) assess learning to make it a serious goal; 2) act on evidence to make schools work for all learners; and 3) align actors to make the whole system work for learning.
For further details, read this news release from the World Bank, which also contains a link to the full report.
On October 4, the Brookings Institution co-hosted a panel discussion on the World Bank report. Click here to learn more and access video from the event.