11 Facts About Education Around the World

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  1. As of 2012, 31 million primary-school pupils worldwide dropped out of school. An additional 32 million repeated a grade.^[United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. "Opportunities lost: The impact of grade repetition and early school leaving." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed april 8, 2014..]
  2. In the sub-Saharan, 11.07 million children leave school before completing their primary education. In South and West Asia, that number reaches 13.54 million.^[United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. " Global Education Digest 2012 - Interactive Data Tool ." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed April 8,2014. .]
  3. While girls are less likely to begin school, boys are more likely to repeat grades or drop out altogether. Host a competitive book drive to benefit a shelter near you. Sign up for Stacks on Stacks.^[Board, J. "Individual Differences - Gender Equity And Schooling." Education.StateUniversity.com. Accessed April 8, 2014. .]
  4. According to UNESCO, 61 million primary school-age children were not enrolled in school in 2010. Of these children, 47% were never expected to enter school, 26% attended school but left, and the remaining 27% are expected to attend school in the future.^[United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. "Reaching out-of-school Children is Crucial for Development." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed April 8, 2014..]
  5. Children living in a rural environment are twice as likely to be out of school than urban children. Additionally, children from the wealthiest 20% of the population are 4 times more likely to be in school than the poorest 20%.^[UN News Center. "Facts & Figures: Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals." UN Women Watch. Accessed April 8, 2014..]
  6. In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%.^[Center for Global Development. "Education and The Developing World." CGDEV.Org. Accessed April 8, 2014. .]
  7. Women who are less educated are having more children, on average 2.5 children, over the course of their lifetime when compared to more educated women, on average 1.7 children.^[Cohn, D'Vera and Livingston, Gretchen. "Record Share of New Mothers are College Educated." Pew Research Center. Accessed February 18, 2015. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/10/record-share-of-new-mothers-are-college-educated/]
  8. Women with a primary school education are 13% more likely to know that condoms can reduce their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. An education can help decrease the spreading of this virus by promoting safer sexual practices.^[AVERT. "HIV & AIDS Education for Young People." HIV and AIDS information and resources. Accessed April 8, 2014. .]
  9. 53% of the world’s out-of-school children are girls and 2/3 of the illiterate people in the world are women.^[Lacey, Christie. "A Worthy Investment." Opportunity International. Accessed April 8, 2014. .]
  10. Education empowers women to make healthy decisions about their lives. For example, women in Mali with a secondary level education or higher have an average of 3 children, while those with no education have an average of 7.^[United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. "Reaching out-of-school Children is Crucial for Development." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed April 8, 2014. .]
  11. The youth literacy rates in South America and Europe are among the highest with 90-100% literacy. The African continent, however, has areas with less than 50% literacy among children ages 18 and under.^[(CPIPR) Center for Public Information on Population Research. "The Effect of Girls' Education on Health Outcomes: Fact Sheet." Population Reference Bureau. Accessed April 8, 2014. .]

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