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World Bank Upscales $6.2 Billion Education Portfolio in FCV Regions to Combat Learning Poverty

The World Bank expands its education portfolio to $6.2 billion, targeting learning poverty in conflict-affected areas, aiming for peace and development through education.

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Mazhar Abbas
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World Bank Upscales $6.2 Billion Education Portfolio in FCV Regions to Combat Learning Poverty

World Bank Upscales $6.2 Billion Education Portfolio in FCV Regions to Combat Learning Poverty

In an ambitious response to the escalating crisis of learning poverty in Fragility, Conflict, and Violence (FCV) situations, the World Bank has expanded its education portfolio to a staggering $6.2 billion. This initiative aims to address the educational needs of children and families most at risk, focusing on areas where learning poverty exceeds 90%, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Strategic Expansion in FCV Areas

The World Bank's intensified focus on FCV settings comes as a direct response to the growing need for quality education systems in regions torn by conflict and crises. Investments now account for over 25% of the Bank's education portfolio, with a significant portion aimed at preventing violent conflict and supporting communities during and after crises. This strategic shift is anchored in the World Bank's Strategy for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence 2020-2025, which outlines a comprehensive approach to education in FCV contexts across four key pillars.

Guiding Principles for FCV Education

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At the heart of the World Bank's approach are several guiding principles designed to tailor educational responses to the unique challenges of each FCV situation. These include prioritizing analytics and dialogue to understand conflict dynamics, shifting towards decentralized service delivery models, and focusing on curricula that promote peace and reconciliation. Moreover, the approach emphasizes the importance of building state capacity and leveraging technology to reach educators and students in remote areas.

Building Partnerships for Sustainable Impact

Recognizing the importance of collaboration, the World Bank is fostering strategic partnerships with global and local entities to amplify its impact in FCV regions. These partnerships, which include alliances with UN agencies, development partners, and civil society organizations, are critical for delivering education services that are inclusive, equitable, and capable of mitigating the effects of fragility and conflict. Despite the challenges, these collaborative efforts represent a beacon of hope for millions of children in FCV situations, offering a pathway to peace and prosperity through education.

The World Bank's renewed commitment and strategic investments in education for FCV regions underline the critical role of learning in achieving long-term peace and development. As the Bank continues to adapt and expand its efforts, the ultimate goal remains clear: to ensure that every child, regardless of where they live, has access to the quality education they deserve.

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