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Attaining the Learning Target : A Policy Package to Promote Literacy for All Children (English)

Learning poverty is the measure of the number of children who cannot read and understand a simple story by age 10. Half of the world’s children experience learning poverty, failing to acquire foundational skills such as basic literacy by the end of primary. Learning poverty is a major component of the global learning crisis, and eliminating it is an urgent development objective, akin to the World Bank’s twin goals to ending poverty and increasing shared prosperity. To call attention to the magnitude and urgency of the learning crisis, the World Bank launched the Human Capital Project and set an accompanying learning target: by 2030, to halve the number of children who fail to learn to read by age 10. To achieve this goal, most successful countries will strengthen their education systems while also applying a set of targeted interventions to improve literacy. This paper describes that package of policy interventions, hereafter referred to as the literacy policy package (LPP). The LPP describes how systems can apply targeted interventions to improve reading. It lays out key elements that have proven successful in rapidly improving reading proficiency levels at scale. These are: (1) assure political and technical commitment to making all children literate; (2) ensure adequate amounts of effective literacy instruction by supported teachers; (3) provide quality, age-appropriate books, and texts to children; (4) teach children first in the language they speak and understand best; and (5) foster children’s language abilities and love of books and reading. This paper describes the LPP and discusses what World Bank client countries and the Bank can do to successfully implement it.




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Crawford,Michael F. Barron Rodriguez,Maria Rebeca Ding,Elaine Yi Zhong Gutierrez Bernal,Marcela Saavedra Chanduvi,Jaime Arias Diaz,Omar S.

Attaining the Learning Target : A Policy Package to Promote Literacy for All Children (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.