9:30—11:00 AM
Center for Global Development
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Lessons from East Asia and Pacific: Improved Learning Outcomes, Economic Growth, and Equitable Development


Harry Anthony Patrinos, Practice Manager, East Asia & the Pacific, Education Global Practice, World Bank

Nancy Birdsall, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Center for Global Development

Jaime Saavedra, Senior Practice Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank

Agustina Paglayan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Global Development

(TBC: East Asian Government Representative)


Justin Sandefur, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

One-quarter of the world’s school-age children live in East Asia and the Pacific. In the past 50 years, some economies in the region have successfully transformed themselves by investing in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their workforce. Through policy foresight, they have produced graduates with new levels of knowledge and skills almost as fast as industries have increased their demand for them. Yet, tens of millions of students in the region are in school but not learning. In fact, as many as 60 percent of students remain in systems that are struggling to escape the global learning crisis or in systems where performance is likely poor.

The 2018 World Bank Regional Flagship report, Growing Smarter: Learning and Equitable Development in East Asia and Pacific focuses on the experiences of economies in the region that have been able to expand schooling and learning, and showcases those that have managed to pursue successful education reforms at scale.

On Wednesday, April 18, join the Center for Global Development and the World Bank for a presentation and panel discussion on how successful East Asia and Pacific economies have achieved the impressive learning outcomes that help drive their economic growth today. 

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