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When Children Learn, Nations Prosper

A film about the power of learning

Thursday, May 26 at 12pm in J1-050 Auditorium

Around the world, school attendance is at its highest level. But attendance is not enough. Are students learning? Are countries doing what it takes to ensure learning for all, to put their children and societies on a path of growth and success? When Children Learn, Nations Prosper is a film that shows how three countries are making it happen—by prioritizing learning, measuring it regularly, and using that evidence to improve learning. This event is sponsored by the Russian Education Aid for Development (READ) Trust Fund.

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Opening Remarks:
Robin Horn
Education Sector Manager, World Bank

Eduardo Velez
Education Sector Manager, East Asia & the Pacific Region, World Bank

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About the Russia Education Aid for Development (READ) Trust Fund
The Russia Education Aid for Development Trust Fund is a collaboration of the Russian Federation and the World Bank that supports the improvement of student learning outcomes in low-income countries through the development of robust student assessment systems. The READ Trust Fund provides direct assistance to a number of low-income countries, which currently includes Angola, Ethiopia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mozambique, Tajikistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
Visit the READ website at www.worldbank.org/readtf for additional information.

For panelist biographies, please see below.

OPENING REMARKS:
Robin Horn
Education Sector Manager, World Bank
Mr. Horn is the Manager for the Education Sector of the World Bank's Human Development Network. He is responsible for leading the work program charged with developing strategies for education policy at the World Bank and for supporting the World Bank's efforts to help countries in the areas of  'Learning for All,' and 'Skills and Knowledge for Competitiveness and Growth.' He leads the development and roll-out of the World Bank's 'System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results' (SABER) initiative, which is a comprehensive program of diagnostic tools and reports that provides countries with systematic, evidence-based, policy guidance and implementation support related to what matters most to achieve learning for all. From 2002 until 2006 he was Lead Education Specialist in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region where he managed the World Bank’s education program of research and project development for Turkey. Between 1992 and 2003 he was responsible for the World Bank’s education program for Brazil, as well for other countries in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Mr. Horn’s work with the World Bank has involved collaboration with national governments, state governments, civil society organizations, and academics in the US and across the world. His education sector research, programs, and projects have focused on education quality, learning outcomes, management, and finance for basic, secondary, and tertiary education systems. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Horn worked as an education economist in the United States Agency for International Development and as a researcher with the private sector providing analysis and support to the U.S. Federal Government.

Eduardo Velez
Education Sector Manager, East Asia & the Pacific Region, World Bank
Mr. Velez has had a long trajectory at the World Bank in Washington, DC, Mexico City and Beijing.  In addition to his current position as Education Sector Manager for East Asia and the Pacific, his previous titles have included Education Sector Manager for Latin American and the Caribbean, Sector Coordinator (Human Development) for the China program, Sector Leader (Human and Social Development for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela), and Human Development Cluster Leader for Uganda and Tanzania. He also served as Principal Education Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Velez was Adjunct Director at Instituto Ser de Investigación in Bogotá, Colombia, his country of origin. 

Mr. Velez has also held an academic career. He has been a Visiting Professor at the following institutions: Brown University and the University of Connecticut in the US; and Universidad Nacional, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, and at the Universidad de los Andes, all in Bogotá, Colombia. Mr. Velez has written extensively on the subject of Economics, Education, Development and Sociology and has published nine books and more than 90 articles in professional journals or as chapters in books, and research reports.




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