Unequal access to education in the region remains pronounced, beginning at the basic education level, and compounded at the secondary level and above. Children who are unable to go to school—even in countries with high enrollments—tend to be from disadvantaged population groups.
Girls and women are at a disadvantage in education in most DMCs, as are children and youth who
- are from poor families or families at risk of sliding back into poverty as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic,
- live in rural and remote areas,
- belong to ethnic and linguistic minorities,
- have disabilities, and/or
- are refugees or migrants.
Inclusive education calls for strategies quite different from simply expanding the mainstream education system. For example, education scholarships and stipends linked with conditional cash transfer programs have produced positive impacts, particularly when targeted at girls or poor households. Such programs foster inclusiveness and equity across the education system, and are widely acknowledged as key factors in advancing economic growth in DMCs.
Building Systemic Resilience in School Systems: The Way ForwardThis policy brief proposes reforms in primary and secondary education as developing Asia copes with the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It explores blended learning modalities that can be applied beyond the pandemic.
Promoting Inclusive Education in MongoliaThis paper explores inclusive education for children with disabilities in Mongolia in line with the global commitment captured in SDG 4, based on data from a 2019 survey of more than 5,000 households in Ulaanbaatar, and 4 provinces.
Getting All Children in Nepal into SchoolScholarships 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.
Framework of Inclusive Growth Indicators 2014: Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific Special SupplementThe Framework of Inclusive Growth Indicators is a special supplement to the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2014. It presents a framework of inclusive growth indicators and proposes a set of 35 indicators of inclusive growth.
ADB Partners with National Geographic Channel for Inclusive Growth AwarenessADB launches a media campaign to raise awareness of poverty, inequality, and inclusive growth in the Asia-Pacific region, kicking off with this public service announcement in partnership with National Geographic Channel.
- Video recording: Education CEOs Roundtable - Role of Technology in Education: Optimizing Education’s New Normal Webinar
- Education by 2020: A Sector Operations Plan
- ADB-Japan Fund for Scholarship Program
- Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific
Through its membership with a multilateral organization such as ADB, Finland has been able to reach out to almost half of the world and drive ADB’s work on education.