The World Bank works in partnership with governments and organizations worldwide to support innovative projects, timely research and knowledge sharing activities related to the effective and appropriate use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education and to explore new and innovative approaches to support teaching and learning.
The World Bank recognizes the critical importance of effectively utilizing ICTs to meet the growing need for a more sophisticated labor force, to manage information systems, and to contribute to poverty reduction around the world.
The vast majority of active World Bank education projects contain an ICT component. Support for ICT in education at the World Bank includes assistance for policy development; infrastructure and equipment; teacher training and support; institutional capacity building and system strengthening; digital teaching and learning materials; digital literacy and skills development; monitoring and evaluation, research and development; distance and online learning; increased openness and transparency; and media outreach.
For the most timely information on the World Bank's work related to technology and innovation in education, please visit the popular EduTech blog.
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:
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.
The World Bank is actively engaged in and supports a wide variety of applied research activities related to technology and innovation in education, in order to:
Recent notable areas of inquiry and exploration include ICT/education policies and the development of national educational technology agencies.
The World Bank puts out a number of publications each year on specific projects and themes related to technology and innovation in education. Notable recent publications include:
The World Bank's popular EduTech blog regularly highlights and comments on ongoing projects, new research, and a number of emerging key topics, trends and activities.
Results from international surveys of ICT use in education and related data may also be of interest.
The World Bank maintains active partnerships with many like-minded organizations around the world to support research, knowledge-sharing and initiatives related to technology use and innovation in education.
Most notably, these include partnerships with the Government of Korea (including KERIS) and UNESCO.
In addition, the World Bank participates in the mEducation Alliance, on the external advisory panel for UNICEF'S Innovation in Education initiative, and on the technical advisory panel convened by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to help guide efforts to collect globally comparable data related to the use of ICTs in education.
Global Lead for Innovation in Education; Sr. Education & Technology Policy Specialist