Learning for All - World Bank Group Education Strategy 2020
How will the world look in 2020?? Of course, we do not have a distinct idea. But we must prepare our youth to realize our hopes for the next decade. And that requires us to build a world in which people can overcome their deprivation and make their lives worthwhile and prosperous. A year after launching its new Education Sector Strategy 2020: Learning for All, the World Bank is working to reduce the barriers that limit educational opportunities for girls and other disadvantaged children.
The core purpose of the World Bank initiative is to assist countries to develop and apply new tools so as to improve their education systems and outcomes. It also aims to support countries to deliver the learning and skills that are necessary to lead a healthy and productive life. The 2012 World Development Report, Gender Equality and Development, recognizes that gender equality is both the right and the smart thing to do in today’s age and times. The ‘Learning for All’ programme stresses on equality in education, based on the belief that there are indisputable benefits of educating girls. If they are given an equal opportunity to learn and excel, it will result in development and growth of households, communities and nations alike.
More than 25 educational projects of the World Bank over the past year have been framed keeping in mind disadvantaged children, and more than half of these projects aimed to increase girls’ opportunities to learn, through measures such as targeted scholarships and conditional cash transfers. In countries such as Mongolia and Bangladesh, attempts are being made to expand the access of pre-primary education systems for girls. Also, projects are being undertaken to enhance the job skills of young women in Afghanistan and Ethiopia, to prepare them to be competitive in the labour market. These are only a few examples of the strategy.
The programmes have achieved considerable progress, and it continues to strive to make a difference. The World Bank continues to invest in girls and women, particularly at an early stage of their lives, and in ways that are most likely to be beneficial for them, their families and the societies in which they live. A large role is being played by partnerships and evidence-based interventions. Also, the purpose of the April 2012 Gender Colloquium was to bring together thinkers, researchers and practitioners so that they discuss ways to address the multiple sources of educational disadvantage, with an emphasis on gender.
The basic premise of the strategy is to invest early, smartly and for all, so that the millions of young people who are going to school, learn something beyond schooling, that will impart them the knowledge and skill required to secure jobs and take care of their families. Very recently, the World Bank launched a comprehensive education staff learning program on May 2, 2012 so as to strengthen their capacity to implement the strategy in the best way possible and to develop cutting-edge knowledge and skills in technical and operational areas. This will in turn facilitate them better to deliver high quality advice and services to country partners.