Tertiary Education and COVID-19

The World Bank’s Tertiary Education Projects in Europe and Central Asia are Supporting Efforts to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic (News and Research 228) The average private return to tertiary education is just over 15 percent.  It is 10 percent in Europe and Central Asia, but increasing over time, despite substantial enrollment increases. Therefore, itContinue reading “Tertiary Education and COVID-19”

“Teaching Should Be the Most Prestigious Profession in Society”

News and Research 227 Teaching should be the most prestigious profession in society – Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan Read@Home: Effective partnerships to reach vulnerable children in North Macedonia | Bojana Naceva Martin Galevski Melissa Kelly | Reading can transport children to new worlds and strong reading skills are essential to succeed in school.  WhenContinue reading ““Teaching Should Be the Most Prestigious Profession in Society””

Promoting Parental Participation in Education (News and Research 226)

Promoting parental involvement in schools: Evidence from Mexico (News and Research 226) Promoting parental involvement in schools: Evidence from Mexico Felipe Barrera-Osorio | Paul Gertler | Nozomi Nakajima | Harry Patrinos Group-based interventions can increase parental engagement in school, change parents’ behavior at home and improve children’s behavior in school Parents play an important roleContinue reading “Promoting Parental Participation in Education (News and Research 226)”

Math and Science Performance of Students at the Global Level

Math and Science Performance of Students at the Global Level[1] Last week, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) released the seventh installment of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). TIMSS 2019 was conducted at the fourth and eighth grades in 64 countries and 8 benchmarking systems by 580,000Continue reading “Math and Science Performance of Students at the Global Level”

The COVID Slide in Education

The COVID Slide in Education (News and Research 225) New World Bank Program to Support Vulnerable Children, Empower Teachers in North Macedonia: “Skills formation starts early in life and education is ‘path-dependent,’ meaning that access to higher quality education from the very beginning is vital for equipping students with the necessary foundational skills to continueContinue reading “The COVID Slide in Education”

Pandemic Threatens to Push 72 Million More Children into Learning Poverty

Pandemic Threatens to Push 72 Million More Children into Learning Poverty (News and Research 224) Pandemic Threatens to Push 72 Million More Children into Learning Poverty | COVID-related school closures risk pushing an additional 72 million primary school aged children into learning poverty—meaning that they are unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10—accordingContinue reading “Pandemic Threatens to Push 72 Million More Children into Learning Poverty”

Economic Crises and the Returns to University Education

Economic Crises and the Returns to University Education (News and Research 222) Economic Crises and Returns to University Education in Middle-Income Countries: Stylized Facts and COVID-19 Projections | The rate of return to university education increases during crises. New working paper with Tazeen Fasih, Najeeb Shafiq documents stylized facts on rates of returns to educationContinue reading “Economic Crises and the Returns to University Education”

Placing People First

Placing People First (News and Research 221) The EU Green Deal Action Plan: “It must put people first” Human capital and CO2 emissions in the long run | Using a unique historical dataset for 20 OECD economies from 1870 to 2014, we study whether human capital accumulation is associated with improvements in environmental quality viaContinue reading “Placing People First”

Promoting Parental Involvement in Schools

Promoting Parental Involvement in Schools (News and Research 220) Promoting Parental Involvement in Schools: The AGE Program In Mexico Promoting Parental Involvement in Schools: Evidence From Two Randomized Experiments | NBER Working Paper Series No. 28040 | Parental involvement programs aim to increase school-and-parent communication and support children’s overall learning environment. This paper examines theContinue reading “Promoting Parental Involvement in Schools”