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Constructing Education: An Opportunity Not to Be Missed

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Pamela Woolner, Dr Alison Whelan



This is the final published version of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by Council of Europe Development Bank, 2021.

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The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is committed to supporting social investments that foster inclusive and resilient growth in its 42 member countries. The education sector has represented a significant share of the Bank’s total lending throughout CEB’s over sixty years of existence. While most of its financing is directed towards physical infrastructure, the CEB’s ultimate goal is to support education outcomes to foster economic growth and social cohesion.The importance the CEB attributes to supporting the learning process is reflected in its practice, which is documented by the series of publications on Innovative Learning Environments that have been issued over the last three years. Drawing on its long-term experience financing the education sector as well as in-depth Thematic Reviews conducted in Espoo, Finland (2018), Seine-St-Denis, France (2019), and Malmö, Sweden (2020), the CEB has developed a robust framework to guide investments in the sector so that they can better contribute to promote students’ learning outcomes.The framework has been developed in cooperation with and validated by scholars from different countries and by education experts from the International Financial Institutions that are part of the ‘Network for Effective Learning Environments’. Their review and feedback provided on earlier versions of this report are kindly acknowledged.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Duthilleul Y, Woolner P, Whelan A

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Thematic Reviews Series

Year: 2021

Pages: 60

Print publication date: 01/03/2021

Online publication date: 01/03/2021

Acceptance date: 02/11/2020

Institution: Council of Europe Development Bank

Place Published: Paris