The latest World Development Report (WDR) includes over 80 references to papers written by more than 25 authors related to the RISE Programme. The annual report is released by the World Bank and this year’s theme is education, specifically ‘learning to realize education’s promise’. The 2018 WDR aims to ‘take stock of what we know and to provide guidance on how to expand the scope and quality of education around the world’, as well as preparing the ground for more sustained policy decisions.
Our research programme on improving education systems, RISE, is managed and implemented by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) in partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government and the Center for Global Development (Washington, DC). The work of many RISE researchers has been instrumental in the development of the 2018 WDR, including Daniela Scur, a RISE Research Fellow based at the Blavatnik School.
A key theme in this year’s WDR is the ineffectiveness numeracy and literacy teaching in many countries. The WDR emphasises that entire education systems, rather than individual policies, will need to change to reverse this. This is an idea that was also identified in the RISE Vision Document, ‘The Pivot from Schooling to Education’.
“The release of the WDR is a milestone in the struggle to prepare the youth of today for the challenges of the world they will face,” said Lant Pritchett, RISE Research Director. “The report focuses on both the need to ‘get education right’ and how to reform education systems to meet the challenge of preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s citizens, parents, community members, workers, and leaders.”