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International Day of Education 2020

Education is a basic human right. Unfortunately, over 250 million children around the globe are not afforded the chance to attend school and over 600 million children lack basic reading and writing skills.

Today, on International Day of Education, we are reflecting on the accomplishments made towards enabling high-quality inclusive education through the programs we deliver in partnership with the donor community, multilaterals, civil society, and the private sector.


Basic Education Sector Transformation Program

In the Philippines the Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST) Program supported a significant shift in the delivery of quality education. During BEST, 2 additional years of school was added from the previous K-10 structure, which was a massive undertaking involving all aspects of educational planning, implementation and quality assurance.

Through a number of critical policies and interventions BEST strengthened the delivery and quality of basic education as part of the K-12 program, which included the roll out of the new senior high schools. BEST mentored more than 8000 leaders and policy officers across the K-12 curriculum. The program also supported the teaching of sign language to parents of deaf-mute children to help bridge the communication gap and enable life-long learning for families.

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Classroom Building in Indonesia

School Systems and Quality Program

In Indonesia, the School Systems and Quality (SSQ) Program built more than 1100 schools in districts with enrolment rates below 90 percent. In addition to infrastructure, SSQ implemented capacity development programs to improve the management of elementary and junior secondary schools. 9400 teachers undertook principal preparation training, and more than 16,000 principals received continuing professional development.


Myanmar Education Quality Improvement Program

The Myanmar Education Quality Improvement Program (My-EQIP) is working with the Ministry of Education (MoE) to empower managers to make informed decisions for education quality improvements for all learners across the country. To date, the MoE has assessed quality standards in nearly 3000 schools and identified ways to improve education service delivery that will benefit more than 540,000 students. 

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All MoE departments are now beginning to create an evidence base to inform future policy, planning, and budgeting.


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