The work we do in the area of education accounts for nearly 10 percent of all World Bank lending, double that of a decade ago in both share and total amount. Our work in education includes discussions with governments to encourage their more active support of basic education for the poorest, which resulted in the share of our lending for basic education increasing from 27 percent to 44 percent over the 1990s. We support programs to expand early childhood development, emphasize teaching and learning in the classroom, and expand girls' education and women's literacy programs. We work in partnership with others to support programs to inoculate school children against common childhood diseases and to educate their parents and teachers in dealing with HIV and AIDS.
These are areas where the World Bank is working with partners-government, NGOs, foundations, international and bilateral agencies-to place human development at the center of the global agenda. These were the objectives of my generation's demonstrations in the 1960s, although they were largely focused on domestic human development issues. I believe they are also at the heart of the demonstrations against the global institutions, but this heart needs to be better informed about all that we do.
Marlaine Lockheed '64 is sector manager of education in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank.
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