Yesterday we launched the East Asia and Pacific Flagship, Growing Smarter: Learning and Equitable Development in East Asia and Pacific.
Home to seven of the top ten performing education systems in the world, East Asia and Pacific has a lot to teach other countries and regions. Among the drivers of success that Growing Smarter highlights:
- Align institutions to ensure basic conditions for learning
- Concentrate effective, equity-minded public spending on basic education
- Ensure children are ready to learn in school
- Select and support teachers throughout their careers to allow them to focus on the classroom
- Assess students to diagnose issues and inform instruction
I had the pleasure of introducing the report during the media call (from Jakarta, and connecting teams from Cambodia, China, Philippines, Vietnam and Mongolia) and during the event in Jakarta (part of the Voyage to Indonesia series).
There has already been intense follow up and requests for more knowledge sharing. For instance, the Ministry of Education of Cambodia asked his team to organize a workshop to discuss on how to use the report to inform Bank projects and dialogue.
In China, the participants suggested that we do more events connecting countries more often. Not only do they want to share the Chinese experience, they also want to get receive feedback and learn from other countries.
- Press release (English, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia)
- Publication page
- OKR page (includes overview in English, Bahasa, Chinese and Vietnamese)
- Blog post by Michael Crawford: To unlock student potential in East Asia Pacific, be demanding and supportive of teachers
- Video with main messages of report
- Facebook Live of Indonesia’s public event
- Op-ed by Victoria Kwakwa, published in the Bangkok Post and the Khmer Times
Selected media coverage: