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Basic and Secondary Education
Education is not just a concern for governments, but for students and parents, communities, and employers. It is critical for reducing poverty. Read More
Primary education enrollment averages around 90% in the region. However, this high rate masks serious deficiencies in student retention, quality of education, and knowledge gained. Dropout rates are a source of concern. Persistent weaknesses in basic education have slowed progression to higher levels of education.
At the secondary education level, enrollment rates are far lower. School construction is required, particularly in areas of rapid population growth. Other steps to expand secondary education include comprehensive policy, financing, and structural reforms, as well as efforts to improve teacher training, curricula, and education service delivery. Read Less
Sungsup Ra, Director in ADB’s South Asia Department, explains the importance of giving all children and youth a good education to help them get better jobs and ensure South Asia’s economies grow and develop. View more education videos in So...
School students in Sri Lanka are learning computing, languages, and other critical thinking skills to prepare them better for the workplace. View also: Better Education and Skills Training in South Asia Key to Better Jobs, Stronger Economy...
Scholarships and better facilities are helping ensure that all boys and girls across Nepal have the chance to go to school and get the foundation for better jobs after graduation. View also: Better Education and Skills Training in South Asia Key to B...
Teacher training, standardized teaching qualifications, and better training institutes mean students in Bangladesh are getting a better quality, more up-to-date education. View also: Better Education and Skills Training in South Asia Key to Better Jobs, S...
Partnerships with private institutions to provide hands-on, technical training are helping prepare young people in India for decent jobs in a changing economy. View also: Better Education and Skills Training in South Asia Key to Better Jobs, Stron...
News from Country Offices
A Rs.100 million equity investment from ADB will enable Hippocampus Learning Centers (HLC) to expand its preschool programs to over 700 villages in Karnataka by 2016.
This paper documents the effects of district education policies on student learning in Indonesian primary schools.
News from Country Offices
ADB and the Government of India signed an agreement Thursday evening for a $100 million loan for Meghalaya that is aimed at enhancing the employability of the state’s youth through improvements in secondary education and vocational skills training programs.
Over 1950–1990, workers in the US with more schooling were absorbed through within-industry increases in the schooling intensity of production, rather than a shift in the industry composition toward more schooling-intensive industries. The authors' findings could point to the possible impacts that additional schooling may have on industrial composition and schooling intensity of production among developing countries.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will lend Bangladesh $500 million to help finance a major overhaul of secondary education to meet the country's need for skilled, technology-savvy workers.
A new $100 million project funded by ADB will improve secondary education and vocational training in India’s Meghalaya state so students are better equipped to find high-quality jobs after graduation.