In the Spotlight
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.
ADB supports vocational education in Timor-Leste, creating jobs and opportunities for the country's next generation of young citizens.
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