In the Spotlight
Bislig Elementary School in the Philippines’ province of Leyte begins another school year today. Badly damaged by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, the school is well on its way to full recovery, having graduated its first class after the disaster in March 2015. The story of young survivor Honeylette Molina, who finished at the top of the class, demonstrates that natural catastrophes can take lives, destroy buildings and livelihoods, but these cannot break the human spirit and the desire to succeed.
An initiative to improve the quality of elementary school teaching in the Philippines is also raising awareness of how central education is for the development of a country.
ADB support has boosted school enrollment, trained teachers, and made Mongolia’s education system more responsive to the needs of business and industry.
In Kathmandu Valley, 160 public school buildings survived the 7.8-magnitude earthquake - thanks to an ADB-supported school safety program.
South Asia needs to invest more in education and skills training to improve economic opportunities for its growing youth population.
Bangladesh is reforming its secondary education sector by focusing on teacher training, improving student's learning output, and promoting a positive classroom environment.
Sri Lanka is introducing technology education to secondary students to give them a better chance at entering university or the job market.
Most developing countries in Asia and the Pacific have earned high marks for a dramatic rise in primary education enrollment rates in the last three decades, but daunting challenges remain, threatening economic and social growth.
With over $8.2 billion in loans and grants to the education sector over the past forty years ADB has a long track record in assisting its developing member countries (DMCs) achieve the goal of quality education for all.
10.6%2011youth unemployment rate in Asia and the Pacific
10%2011the average rate of return to another year of schooling
31%2012of global enrollments are in Southeast and East Asia, the largest share in the world