Organization Name: World Bank Group

Focus Area: Growing Learners
Region: Global / United States / Africa / Latin America
Sector: Non-Profit
Investment Year: 2019
The Global Edtech Readiness Index is part of a larger initiative, the Global Education Policy Dashboard (GEPD) funded by a partnership between the World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and government of Japan. The dashboard provides policymakers with a system for measuring the drivers of learning outcomes in basic education around the world. The Edtech Readiness Index aims to help countries assess the readiness of their ecosystems in leveraging 'edtech' to promote learning for all. The Index not only includes device availability or connectivity but also institutional capacities, school management, educational resources, quality of the learning experience, and development of digital competencies which constitute an ‘ecosystem’ essential for an effective ‘edtech’ implementation.

Why We Invested

Creating a true edtech-friendly learning environment is far from easy, as many families, communities, schools and countries are finding out in real time. It requires education ministers to assess their own system’s weaknesses with brutal honesty, policymakers to find funding to fix them and educational leaders to mobilize both public and private sectors to pitch in. To help countries navigate that challenge, the World Bank is developing the Global Edtech Readiness Index, which will help policymakers to assess how ready their ecosystems are to roll out edtech solutions, in service of equitable and quality learning experiences, at scale.

As we work towards reimagining education to promote quality and equitable learning at scale, ensuring countries are ready to leverage EdTech must be at the core of our strategy. This Index is a good first step for helping countries get ready to effectively roll out EdTech solutions.
Reema Nayar, Head of Special Initiatives, World Bank Group