The majority of World Bank education projects contain components related to the use of information and communication technologies in some way. Projects in many additional sectors, including the ICT sector, can contain 'education components' as well.
Some notable past projects include:
In Russia, the World Bank enhanced the national capacity to produce high quality learning materials, support teacher training in the educational use of ICT, and develop a network of interschool ICT resource centers.
In Jordan, the World Bank is helping to transform the education system at the early childhood, basic, and secondary levels to produce graduates with the skills needed for the knowledge economy.
In Turkey, the World Bank supported the provision of ICT training as a core competency for youth to function in a modern knowledge economy
One quick way to identify World Bank projects that have components related to ICT use in education is to consult the World Bank Education Projects database maintained by EdStats, which identifies over 100 'project activities' based on a review of official Project Appraisal Documents (PADs). Please note that not all uses of ICTs in World Bank education projects can be identified through a review of PADs or using the education projects database, so you may wish to consult additional resources as well.
Using the World Bank Education Projects Database , you can Search by Activity. Project activities that relate to the use of ICTs in education may be be tagged to one or more of the following keywords:
- Data: EMIS
- Facilities: ICT equipment and computer labs
- Facilities: Laboratories and lab equipment
- Facilities: Resource centers and libraries
- ICT Strategy Development for Education Sector
- ICT use in education
- Learning Materials: E-learning materials
- STI: Internet Connectivity Systems
- Study subjects: Information and communication technologies (ICT)
Please note that the World Bank maintains a searchable comprehensive database of all Bank projects since 1947, accessible at http://www.worldbank.org/projects. Many projects outside the education sector (e.g. related to infrastructure or governance) may maintain components related to ICT/education, so searching that database may also unearth World Bank-funded activities related to ICT use in education.
In addition to its lending activities to countries, the World Bank increasingly is engaged in providing technical assistance and advisory services to countries to help them better plan, implement, monitor and evaluate their efforts to introduce and sustain technology use in education to aid a wide variety of development efforts. These advisory services draw on good practices from around the world and are informed by a variety of supporting research activities, including SABER-ICT.
The World Bank’s popular EduTech blog regularly profiles lessons and results from these and other projects around the world which have utilized information and communication technologies to support activities and goals in the education sector.