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Education

ADB is working across Asia and the Pacific to promote quality, accessible education for all to support sustainable development.

  • Promoting equity and inclusivity in education, particularly for women and the marginalized, is critical to education for sustainable development.
     

    Promoting equity and inclusivity in education, particularly for women and the marginalized, is
    critical to education for sustainable development.

  • Asia and the Pacific need educated populations with marketable skills if economies are to move up the value chain and compete in a globalized world.
     

    Asia and the Pacific need educated populations with marketable skills if economies are to move up the value chain and compete in a globalized world.

  • Vocational training needs to be delivered in closer cooperation with the private sector and better aligned with the needs of labor markets.
     

    Vocational training needs to be delivered in closer cooperation with the private sector and better aligned with the needs of labor markets.

  • Knowledge gap between middle- and high-income economies in Asia

    Children who are unable to go to school, even in countries where enrolment levels are high, tend to be from the poorest and most disadvantaged in society.

  • Reading proficiency of 15-year-olds in Asian economies

    Some economies perform better in achieving basic literacy in primary school but still underperform in secondary school. In a number of Asian economies, the majority of 15-year-olds do not meet even minimum expected proficiency in reading.

  • Learning poverty and GDP per capita in Asian economies

    A metric the World Bank has termed “learning poverty” refers to 10-year-olds who are unable to read a simple sentence. In a number of Asia-Pacific economies, this figure is greater than 50%, meaning that the majority of children do not have even basic literacy.

Education

ADB has been working for more than 50 years in Asia and the Pacific to expand and improve education at all levels and has allocated about $15 billion in loans and grants to the sector. The bank has played an important role in Asia’s achievements in education; today 9 out of 10 children in the region are enrolled in primary school. But daunting challenges, particularly in quality of learning, remain if countries are to become successful knowledge economies. Reducing inequality in education is central to poverty reduction. ADB has supported many projects that promote inclusivity, such as education scholarships and stipends linked to conditional cash transfer programs.

These inclusivity programs have often had positive results, particularly when targeted at girls, poor households and marginalized groups. ADB will also focus on the future of work, green transformation, digital learning, and strong foundational skills. These are the most critical areas that developing member countries (DMCs) will need to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s a clear link between quality education and economic competitiveness. The bank is working to support its DMCs improve universities and vocational training centers to better align them with national economic needs. ADB is committed to working with its partners to find new ways of sustainably financing education at all levels.


Our Impact

Results delivered in 2021 from ADB projects.

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