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:

  1. Align institutions to ensure basic conditions for learning
  2. Concentrate effective, equity-minded public spending on basic education
  3. Ensure children are ready to learn in school
  4. Select and support teachers throughout their careers to allow them to focus on the classroom
  5. 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).000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000a.jpg

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.

Publication outputs:

Selected media coverage:

China Exclusive: China’s education system shows significant progress

Seven Out of 10 Top School Systems Are in East Asia Pacific But More Needs to be Done

WB cites improved performance of PH education system

Vietnam’s education witnesses impressive development: WB report

Việt Nam among top 10 education systems, WB reports

WB sees improvements in Phl school system but problems remain

PHL education system underperforms in East Asia Pacific —WB report

What’s the state of education in East Asia and Pacific?

Mongolia Needs More Capital Investment on Education, World Bank Says

Region in ‘learning crises’

Bank Dunia: Pendidikan Sebagai Fondasi Ekonomi

Kompas: Pendidikan Masih Berkutat di …


World Bank: Giáo dục Việt Nam nằm trong nhóm phát triển ấn tượng …

Chuyên gia nước ngoài: Việt Nam là câu chuyện thành công của …
WB công bố báo cáo về học tập và phát triển công bằng khu vực …

WB ấn tượng với sự phát triển trong hệ thống giáo dục của Việt Nam

World Bank: Việt Nam nhiều ‘con nhà nghèo học giỏi’ – Thời Báo

BM: les écoles au Vietnam réalisent des progrès significatifs