ADB's Focus on Education
In the Spotlight
Affirmative action, vouchers, social marketing, and homestay visits are helping break through gender barriers to “blue collar” work in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
ADB's Board of Directors has approved an $80 million loan to help modernize Himachal Pradesh’s technical and vocational education and training institutions and programs to enhance job prospects of the state’s youth.
Twenty-one-year old Arcelia Faroca Fernandes challenged Timor-Leste's social norms to become the country's first-ever car mechanic when she graduated from a training scheme supported by the Asian Development Bank.
Success lies in industry links, technology, skills development, new modes of education delivery, and school-to-work transition programs.
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.