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World Education’s Work in Nepal Featured in World Bank Report

September 27, 2017

A World Education Nepal early-grade reading intervention was featured in a World Bank-commissioned report, "The Case for Investing in Early Grade Reading," published by Georgetown University's Global Human Development Program. A World Education evaluation on early grade reading in Mozambique was also highlighted in the report.

The report will be highlighted by Dr. Harry A. Patrinos, practice manager for the East Asia and the Pacific Region of the World Bank's Education Global Practice, at a presentation held by Global Reading Network on October 13th, 2017. The presentation will focus on evidence that public and private returns increase and sustain investments in reading/literacy skills, including productivity and growth benefits to business and the economy.

The March 2017 report, which advocates for increased investment in early-grade reading programs, includes an in-depth review of World Education Nepal's Opportunity Schools Initiative. The initiative targeted three of Nepal’s most underachieving communities, where, at the start of the program, 80% of 1st to 3rd grade students were not even proficient in consonants or vowels.

World Education’s project led to significant increases in correct words per minute among grades 1 and 2 students as compared to control groups in the same areas. World Education currently conducts similar early-grade learning interventions in more than 1,400 schools across Nepal and is seeing similarly impressive gains.

Learn more about World Education’s work in Nepal.