Schools are teaching 10 million girls to code; gender equality is a real possibility

hadi_feature_photoToday, for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we celebrate the progress made towards reducing the gender gap in computer science, and we urge schools worldwide to help balance the scales in this critical 21st century subject.
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A Smarter Way to Keep Teachers in Malawi’s Remote Schools

malawi_pictureAlberto Gwande and his students at Khuzi school in Malawi need more teachers. The school is severely understaffed, with only six teachers for nearly 800 students. “I was supposed to receive new teachers last year, but they never came,” recalls Alberto, the headteacher.

Khuzi is 20 kilometres away from Nathenje, the nearest large village with a trading center, and its Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) is 131 pupils per teacher. In contrast, Chibubu school, located four kilometers from Nathenje, has a PTR of 65, while Mwatibu school, located inside the village, has a PTR of just 49. And yet, despite the shortage at Khuzi, it was Chibubu which received four new teachers last year.

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‘Learning for All’ Must Include Children with Disabilities

December 1, 2017– While the developing world has made strong progress towards disabled_children_masaru_goto_world_bank.jpg
universal primary education, education is still largely an unfulfilled dream for millions of children with disabilities. Leroy Philips, a youth leader and radio broadcaster from Guyana, recalls what it was like growing up blind.

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eC2: Executive Education: Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance

Deadline: 30-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

Objective: The objective is to develop a 4-day modular capacity building program on Disaster Risk Financing(DRF)to enhance understanding of DRF strategies and instruments for protection from natural disasters, embedded in the broader Disaster Risk Management and fiscal risk management frameworks, and build the skills of stakeholders to design and implement such strategies.

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eC2: Kenya Patient Safety Impact Evaluation Follow-up Data Collection

Deadline:  14-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The Kenya Patient Safety Impact Evaluation(KePSIE)is s country-driven initiative, with the Ministry of Health and regulatory bodies leading the design of the inspection systems, the choice of implementation areas and the outcomes to be evaluated. The project is at scale and at the evaluation stage it covers 4.5 million people and 7 million health visits in a year. In 2017, the implementation of the KePSIE interventions is being carried out with the Ministry of Health using the first cadre of full-time in Kakamega, Kilifi, and Meru. After the initial listing of healthcare facilities, baseline data collection, and the implementation of the interventions, KePSIEs follow-up survey will measure different aspects of patient safety and quality of care in approximately 1,000 public and private health facilities in the three intervention counties. Data will be collected through various instruments including facility and patient exit surveys, and direct observation of patient-health provider interactions.


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World Bank warns of ‘learning crisis’ in global education

World Bank buildingWorld Development Report 2018 calls for greater measurement, action on evidence

WASHINGTON, September 26, 2017 – Millions of young students in low and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed in life. Warning of ‘a learning crisis’ in global education, a new Bank report said schooling without learning was not just a wasted development opportunity, but also a great injustice to children and young people worldwide.

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Annual Meetings 2017: join the World Bank Live!

Next week, the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) take place from upcoming October 10 to October 14  in Washington DC. During this meetings the Board of Governs of the attentive organizations will debate in the field of topics associated with poverty reduction, international economic development and finance.


In order to make these meetings accessible for the wide audience, World bank Live will daily stream several events in different languages such as English, Spanish, French and Arabic.  The subjects of the Flagship events of the Annual Meetings vary from Human Capital Summit to digital economy and education. If you are interested within accompany the dialogues through the broadcast of Worldbank live, check out the whole program here and join the World Bank’s Live online event. You are also able to submit questions before the events. Below you will find a short selection of these upcoming events concurrently with the Annual Meetings 2017.

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Early Childhood Education in Morocco: A Critical Window of Opportunities

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While good quality ECD is important for all children, it is essential to support the development of children in disadvantaged settings. Indeed, various studies have demonstrated how investment in ECD can help reduce inequality and break the cycle of poverty.

As Nobel laureate Professor James Heckman put it, “Children raised in disadvantaged environments are not only much less likely to succeed in school or society, but they are also much less likely to be healthy adults.” Effective early childhood programs can lead to improved economic prospects of children by helping them gain the foundational skills they need to be more productive in the future workforce.

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How community-based early childhood programs can impact child development

250 million children under the age of five in the developing world are failing to reach amerecd_0their full development potential. Faced with this challenge, governments and donors across the globe have turned to early childhood education and development (ECED) services. These are a cost-effective way to overcome the developmental losses associated with growing up in a disadvantaged environment. The services can be delivered in different ways, such as through kindergartens and community-based playgroups.

But how effective are these, in practice?

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