Global poverty and education

facts & stats About World Poverty and Education

The research is conclusive: When we reduce barriers to education, we set children up to thrive in all areas of life. The more education a mother has, the more we reduce infant mortality rates. Education leads to healthier childhoods and, ultimately, to greater economic prospects as adults.

Take a look at the facts and find out for yourself:

  • Starting early matters! Kids who participate in early childhood development (like preschool) achieve higher education and make more money as adults.

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  • If all students in low-income countries gained basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. 

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  • The likelihood of infant mortality decreases up to 10% for every additional year of schooling a mother receives.

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  • A woman’s earning potential will be up to 20% higher for every year of schooling she completes.

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  • Globally, 83% of kids complete grade school. But a stunning 55% of youth do not finish high school. These rates are even worse in developing nations and among disadvantaged communities.

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  • Of the nearly 2 billion youth in the world, roughly one-third are not employed, not in school, and not in formal training for work.

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  • Economic returns for higher education grads are life-changing: College grads see a 17% increase in earnings, compared with a 10% increase for primary and a 7% increase for high school grads.

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Sources

  • WHO Youth Violence Research, 2009
  • UNICEF The State of the World’s Children, 2009
  • UNESCO, 2012
  • World Bank eLibrary. “Returns on Investments in Education,” 2002
  • UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report, 2017
  • The World Bank  2015
  • The World Bank  2017

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