Welcome

worldstat/WB (www.worldstat.com/wb) is a new educational site that gives you access to updated statistics for a fact-based education in order to ensure a greater understanding of the world without prejudice and misunderstandings.

The site participates in the World Bank’s "apps for development ”competition. Many of the tables and graphs raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals   in order for teachers and students to understand and monitor the progress towards a world free of poverty.

The impressive online database from the World Bank is a huge step forward in sharing development statistics worldwide. However, the site is so extensive that students and teachers might "get lost" in the maze of figures and facts.

This site focuses on themes we know are discussed in classrooms all over the world and provides easily accessible and pedagogically elaborated tables and graphs with relevant questions.

Development statistics becomes increasingly relevant during the latter years of second level education and our primary target therefore is aimed at second level students. Other levels are not excluded however, as all of us, young and old, should be concerned about "the state of the world" today, yesterday and tomorrow. Under "Facts for Children" you can find data for younger students from around ten years of age and upwards.

The site provides tables, graphs and maps which illustrate the large global and regional disparities in standards of living and follow current trends and developments; some countries and regions are developing very fast and are closing historical gaps while others are growing more slowly and therefore fall behind. Disparities however, exist on local, national, regional and global levels.

The tables and figures are sometimes self-explanatory, but you must provide the analysis, conclusions and the sufficient critical thinking to explore the material fully. The world is changing rapidly and updated statistics might challenge our worldviews.

 
Data from World Bank


This site is best viewed in Internet Explorer and on screens with a width of minimum 1000 pixels.

Interactivity:
Links in text:
Blue with underscore.

Links in tables: Bold dark blue - including the title!

Graphs from World Bank Data and Google Public Data update automatically and link to the datasets behind.

For future developments check out: www.worldstat.com.