Education Notes is a series produced by the World Bank to share lessons learned from innovative approaches to improving education practice and policy around the globe. Background work for this piece was done in partnership, with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
China is not often thought of in the
Education-for-all (EFA) context but its education sector
over the past 20 years provides many lessons for countries
that are approaching Universal Primary Education (UPE). The
most important lesson may be that the need for educational
reform does not diminish as countries approach UPE. The
first challenge is to expand education opportunities. As
coverage expands, however, new challenges inevitably emerge
that require constant attention and frequent updates to
education policy and financing mechanisms.