The World Bank and e-Education

Included above is a link to the World Bank’s website dedicated specifically to ICT usage for the furtherance of education in developing countries. The website is multifaceted and can be easily navigated via the blue tabs near the top of the page: overview, key issues, data, publications, projects, links, and news/events.

On the main page of the e-Education site, there is a comprehensive overview which states the
Bank’s position on the importance of ICTs for learning progress. As stated on
the website, having ICTs is important for educational development but is by no
means a panacea. In order for ICTs to actually positively impact learning
outcomes, a comprehensive network of support is required, including tech
support for hardware and software, training for teachers (who will then act as
bridges, passing their newly acquired knowledge on to students), improving
digital literacy, and developing monitoring and evaluation plans to assess the
progress of e-Education measures. The World Bank also emphasizes the importance
of technological skills for students’ future successes in the workplace, as the
new generation of employees is increasingly expected to be computer literate
and proficient in word processing and spread sheet management.

The remaining tabs provide further, more detailed information about ICT for educational
development projects. The “key issues” tab looks at the main issues facing ICT
projects and how to resolve them: impact on learning achievement, monitoring
and evaluation, costs, equity, best practices, etc. With regards to equity, the
page explicitly warns of the potential for ICTs to widen education and
achievement gaps if ICTs are not placed and used with great care. The “data”
and “publication” tabs offer specific facts and figures geared more toward research
or policy agendas, while the “projects” tab links information about several
projects currently under way. This section is divided by type of project
(school computer labs or laptops for individual children, for example) and
listed by country, including Turkey, Russia, Jordan, Argentina, Peru, and

In all, this website offers a comprehensive look at the World Bank position and resources
dealing with ICTs for educational purposes. Additionally, it serves as a good initial
source for finding further information regarding this specific development approach.


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