7 May 2019

Human capital investment urgent in Pacific

From , 3:05 pm on 7 May 2019

Pacific islands are being urged to invest more in teachers to overcome what the World Bank is describing as a crisis in education among developing countries.

The bank has told finance ministers from around the region that investing in human capital is as important as other areas of investment for a country to grow.

The bank uses its so-called Human Capital Index which shows how far countries are from obtaining full productivity because of a lack of investment in their people.

The bank's senior director for global education Jaime Saavedra says Pacific island countries are down the scale in providing quality education for their kids.

But he told Sally Round there's been huge engagement at the Nadi meeting from the ministers over the issue

Children of Yalanda village in Nipa-Kutubu district of Southern Highlands province in PNG.

Children in the PNG Highlands after the February 2018 earthquake Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins