Quick guide: ICT and education at the World Bank

Quick guide: ICT and education at the World Bank

This Quick guide is part of infoDev's series of informal Quick guides to resources and work on ICTs and education in international institutions and donor agencies.  Information presented here has been gathered by infoDev from publicly-available documents and should not be considered to be endorsed by the subject organization.

A list of publications and resources from and about the World Bank related to ICT use in education

Includes:

  • infoDev ICT in education publications
  • World Bank ICT in Education web site
  • World Bank Africa Distance Education & ICT for Learning web site
  • World Bank publications on ICT use in Education
  • Knowledge and Skills for the New Economy (World Bank - DFID research project)
  • World Bank education working papers that address ICT topics
  • World Bank publications on ICTs of relevance to the education sector
  • Notable partnerships related to ICTs and education in which the World Bank participates
  • Notable ICT in education initiatives that began in the World Bank and 'spun out'
  • World Bank projects with ICT components

Note: Links change!  Given the constantly changing nature of the Internet, we suggest that you copy the document or web site title (and author name, as appropriate) into your favorite search engine to locate the current home of a given publication on the Internet if the link below is not working.


infoDev ICT in education publications

infoDev is a multi-donor partnership housed at the World Bank that promotes better understanding, and effective use, of information and communication technologies (ICT) as tools of poverty reduction and broad-based, sustainable development.  The education section of the infoDev web site (infodev.org/education) is a good source of information about the use of ICTs in the education sector by the international donor community:

Recent publications include:

Upcoming major publications include  individual Surveys of ICT and Education in 53 African Countries and a Critical Review and Survey of ICT and Education in the Caribbean.

Together with UNESCO and other partners, infoDev has released version 2.0 of the ICT-in-Education Toolkit for Policy Makers, Planners and Practitioners.

In support of the World Bank education sector, infoDev is engaged in regular research on the use of ICTs in World Bank education projects.  For more information, please see the background information on the on-going infoDev research activity, ICT Components in World Bank Education Projects


World Bank ICT in Education web site

The main page on ICT and Education from the World Bank's Education web site can be found here.
You may also access it by visting http://www.worldbank.org/education and clicking on "ICT and Education".


World Bank Africa region web site:
 Distance Education & Information and Communication Technologies for Learning

This web site from the World Bank's Africa region includes the Africa Region's Distance Education and ICT Strategy, a set of related publications, planning & assessment tools, and articles related to costs and costing.

You may access it directly by clicking here, or by visiting http://www.worldbank.org/africa, choosing the topic "education" and then clicking on "distance education".


World Bank publications on ICT use in Education
(please note that infoDev publications are listed separately above)

Developing Science, Mathematics, and ICT Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Patterns and Promising Practices (2007)
World Bank Working Paper 101, part of the Africa Human Development Series, is unfortunately not available on-line in its final format.  The link above is to an earlier (full) version (2006).

World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation. Chapter 8: Moving and communicating across borders (2006)
The ICT and education-related section of the 2007 WDR begins on p.15, in a section titled "Youth and the global flow
of information and ideas".

Designing Open and Distance Learning for Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Toolkit for Educators and Planners (2006)

Global Networked Readiness for Education. Preliminary Findings from a Pilot Project to Evaluate the Impact of Computers and the Internet on Learning in Eleven Developing Countries. (2005)

Improving Educational Quality through Interactive Radio Instruction (2005)

Responding to the Twin Challenges: Teacher, Teaching, and Technology (2005)
This is chapter six in Expanding Opportunities and Building Competencies for Young People: A New Agenda for Secondary Education (2005)

Technology in Schools: Education, ICT and the Knowledge Society (2004)
Includes particular attention to lessons from Chile's Enlaces program.

Policy Note: ICT in Schools in Turkey (2004)
Part I - Part II

Closing the Gap in Education and Technology. (2003). 

Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Africa - Distance Education and Information and Communication Technologies for Learning (2002)

The World of ICT in Education: A Seminar for Policymakers (2002)
Workshop materials, based largely on the World Links experience.

Distance Education and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. World Bank Education and Technology E&T Technical Notes Series, Volume 5, Number 1. (2000)

Tertiary Distance Education and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa (1999)

Computers in Education in Developing Countries: Why and How? (1998)

Interactive Radio Instruction: Twenty-three Years of Improving Educational Quality. World Bank Education and Technology Technical Notes Series, Volume 2, Number 1. (1997)

Cost analysis of information technology projects in education: experiences from developing countries. Measuring and managing the costs of ICTs in Latin American schools. Education and Technology Series, Vol 1 No. 3.  (1996)

Note that the World Bank Institute sponsored a videoconference series of "Global Dialogues on ICT and Education" in 2004.


Knowledge and Skills for the New Economy
World Bank - DFID research project

In April 2001, the UK Department For International Development (DFID) and the World Bank Group (WBG) agreed to collaborate on the Knowledge and Skills for the New Economy project, and funded 17 studies tackling various issues, many of which relate to ICT use in Education:

  • Demand for Skills in the New Economy: Regional Evidence
  • Digital Divide
  • Education Reform
  • ICT and Education Readiness: Benchmarks and Datasets
  • Investment Climate for Workforce Skills Development in Developing Countries
  • Knowledge and Skills in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Learning to Teach in the Knowledge Society
  • Lifelong Learning in China
  • Lifelong Learning and Training Policies in Latin America
  • Mobilization of Diasporas for Knowledge Transfer
  • Multinational Enterprises and Training
  • Piloting Rural Women’s Knowledge and Skill Development Using ICT
  • Process for Planning Low-cost, Effective Distance Learning
  • Promoting Capacity in Monitoring Educational Quality
  • Public Policy for Career Development and Guidance
  • Skills Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Tertiary Education and Innovation Systems in Europe and Central Asia

More information about this project, including links to each of the final research papers, is available on the Knowledge & Skills project web site.  A summary analysis of the project, titled "Knowledge and Skill Development in Developing and Transitional Economies" is also available.


World Bank education working papers that address ICT topics

infoDev has highlighted a number of additional publications of relevance to ICT use in education.  Please see Notable Conclusions from Recent World Bank Working Papers of relevance to ICTs and the education Millennium Development Goals.


World Bank publications on ICTs of relevance to the education sector

E-development: From Excitement to Effectiveness (2005)

ICTs and MDGs: A World Bank Perspective (2003)

Engendering ICT: Ensuring Gender Equality In ICT for Development. (2003)

Information Infrastructure: The World Bank Group’s Experience. (2001)


Notable partnerships related to ICTs and education in which the World Bank participates

Global Distance Education Network
A partnership between the World Bank and leading distance education institutions and educators around the world. 

Global Distance Learning Network (GDLN)
A partnership of more than 70 distance learning centers around the world.


Notable ICT in education initiatives that began in the World Bank and 'spun out'

Africa Virtual University
http://www.avu.org

Development Gateway (E-Learning topic)
http://www.developmentgateway.org/e-learning

World Links
http://www.world-links.org


World Bank projects with ICT components

The World Bank maintains a searchable database of all projects since 1947, accessible at
http://www.worldbank.org/projects.  It can be difficult to identify projects that have ICT and education components, for a variety of reasons.  You may wish to search using a combination of terms like "education", "ICT", "technology", "computers", etc.  Note that not all World Bank projects that include ICT and education components are part of the World Bank Education portfolio.  Currently, the best way to locate ICT/education components in World Bank projects is to read through individual Project Appraisal Document (PADs).

In support of the World Bank education sector, infoDev is engaged in regular research on the use of ICTs in World Bank education projects.  For more information, please see the background information on the on-going infoDev research activity, ICT Components in World Bank Education Projects

infoDev has compiled a short list of Some Noteworthy Recent World Bank Education Projects with ICT components.

 

 


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