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World Bank draft education strategy slated

17 February 2011

Before the mid January World Bank board discussion of the draft education strategy, Zoe Godolphin of the University of Bristol argued that “the Bank’s proposed approach fails conceptually because it does not accept that education is a human right. It also fails pragmatically because it continues to advocate a template approach instead of supporting genuinely country-driven priorities in education planning.” The Global Campaign for Education wrote to the Bank’s executive directors, complaining: “The strategy lacks recognition of education as a human right, a public good and a responsibility to citizens. … [It] focuses too heavily on private sector and market-based approaches to education, and on education as an instrument to serve the job market.”