The idea for this special issue arose from a conference on ‘Quality Education for All’ in October 2007 in New Delhi (organized jointly by the World Bank and the UK government's Department for International Development, DFID), where recent research findings on what works in education were shared with education policymakers from all South Asian countries. While the educational Millennium Development Goals target access indicators, there is growing recognition of the importance of quality of education for achieving desired economic and non-economic outcomes. With more and more children entering school throughout the South Asia region, the challenge is shifting to focus on issues related to quality with equity, and on ensuring access to education for the hard-to-reach children, including girls. The papers in this special issue are concerned with different aspects of quality and equity of primary and secondary education in three South Asian countries -India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Asia and the Pacific
Quality of education