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he value of education in any society is uncontested -- in fact, its relevance in today's world is possibly far greater compared to most aspects of human life. It is probably for this reason that the World Development Report 2018 published by the World Bank, in a first, focused solely on education.
In his foreword, Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, writes, "For individuals, education promotes employment, earnings, and health. It raises pride and opens new horizons. For societies, it drives long-term economic growth, reduces poverty, spurs innovation, strengthens institutions, and fosters social cohesion."
It is a very gratifying experience for anyone associated with education to go through this report as it delves into systemic issues that impact education, and areas of future focus.
In the Indian context, the report is extremely relevant given the strides we have made as a nation in the space of education. Yet there remain issues that need to be addressed, making education quite fundamental to our nation's future growth agenda.
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