Must Know Facts about State of Education

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Education is integral to the development and progress of society. Constant efforts are made worldwide by governments and non-profit organisations to reduce illiteracy levels.  Conduction of household surveys can help in finding out detailed information and creating statistics on gender, income and access to education based on that as well as available opportunities. In most countries, especially the underdeveloped ones, gender, income and locality based disparities exist in primary school attendance rates.

Here are some shocking facts about the state of education around the world.

  • In the US, more than half of the population of African American men do not complete school education and by the time they reach their mid-30s, about 60% will have spent time in prison.

  • Statistics have revealed that the rate of school dropouts in the US have been diminishing over the years, even though the progress is slow.

  • As of 2012, 32 million pupils are said to have repeated a grade while 31 million pupils dropped out of schools in the primary school itself.

  • The highest primary school dropout rates are reported in the sub-Saharan and south and West Asia, the numbers being 11.07 and 13.54 million respectively.

  • In most developing and low-income group countries, every additional year of education add to the chances of higher future income by 10 percent on an average.

  • Among the world’s out-of-school children, 53 percent account for girls. Two third of the population of illiterate people in the world are women.

  • It is a proven fact that education empowers women and helps them in taking better and healthy decisions about their life. An example cited for this is the women of Mali who have secondary level of education and have an average of 3 children while those illiterate have approximately 7 children.

  • All countries that fall under the low income group bracket have less than 16% enrolment rates in pre-primary education, with the exceptions of countries like Kenya at 29%, Gambia at 27% and Tanzania at 33%.

  • According to the objective of the Millennium Development Goal created by the UN for achieving primary education worldwide by the year 2015, the world needs 2 million more teachers.

  • Again, teachers alone would not suffice because some of the poorest and underdeveloped countries are in need of 4 million new classrooms that can accommodate the out of school children.

  • In the US alone, funds worth $16 billion are required to achieve universal lower secondary education.

  • According to the World Bank, the global percentage of children out of school remained the same at 9.3 percent when surveyed in 2008.

What needs to be realised is statistics reported literacy levels cannot determine the level of education that people actually have imbibed in them. Education is an approach which is essential for progress of society in all aspects. It is not just about completing different levels in school or getting degrees but actually being a responsible individual contributing to the betterment of society. There is also the aspect of education for women which continues to lag behind in many parts of the world. Creating social awareness and breaking down superstitious beliefs, patriarchal norms and most importantly educating women are important steps towards empowering women.

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