Human Capital Update (News and Research 84)

a01UNESCO has announced three winners of the 2017-2018 UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize. Diklat Berjenjang from Indonesia is one of the winners.  Diklat Berjenjang provides training for ECED Teachers. With the support from DFAT Trust Fund under the ECED Frontline program, the Bank team provides TA to strengthen the quality of the program and link it closer to the village community. “The Diklat Berjenjang project from Indonesia is rewarded for bringing quality professional development to early childhood teachers, notably in the poorest and most remote areas. It helps meet Indonesia’s need for teachers skilled in creating stimulating learning environments for young learners. It helps identify potential teacher trainers and provides step-by-step written guides, follow-up assignments and exchanges.” In the first two years of the Pilot, working in 25 districts, a training grant was disbursed using a community development program under the Ministry of Villages (Generasi Sehat Cerdas) and was able to exceed the target of training 15,0000 village teachers. MoEC is excited and very supportive and has adopted the enhanced training resources recommended to them. Moreover, MoEC is actively disseminating the approach to more districts. The Ministry of Villages is also very supportive and is currently developing a facilitation manual for village cadres to encourage villages to consider using the Village Fund to improve ECED services, including supporting their teachers to participate in Diklat Berjenjang. With the very recent approval of the program extension of the ECED Frontline program, the Bank team will continue providing TA to MoEC for dissemination, including using information from our evaluation to inform the scale-up plan. The three winners were selected from 150 nominations submitted by the Governments of UNESCO’s Member States and UNESCO partner organizations on the recommendation of an International Jury of education professionals.

Japan’s Rise and Fall and Subsequent Rise in Global Education Rankings: An Education System for the 21st Century Built on Traditional Values  Chi-Toku-Tai (知・徳・体) | Japan recovered international achievement rankings and continues to improve. The reforms to the education system starting in 1998 have paid off.  A strong education system based on selecting only the best for teaching and where teaching licenses must be renewed every 10 years serves as a model for other countries wishing to prepare their students for the future of work…

Accountability in Education: The Role of Citizens in Accelerating Learning  The world is facing a learning crisis. A new World Bank dataset illustrates the bleak outlook: in developing countries, less than 50 percent of students are achieving proficiency in basic skills (reading, writing, and counting), compared to 86 percent in developed countries. Despite great gains in enrollment levels and an ambitious Sustainable Development Goal, education quality worldwide is failing children, affecting their empowerment, employability, future earnings, health, and society’s overall growth potential…

NCEE news roundup: World Bank Releases Robust, Long-Term Database of International Education Performance


Categories China, early reading, Human capital, PISA, Returns to education, Shanghai, TIMSS

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