250 million children of primary school age lack basic reading, writing and math skills.
Education leads to higher income, improved health, gender equality and a better future.
A quality education breaks the cycle of poverty. Globally, every year a child completes of primary school increases earnings by 10% and raises the average annual gross domestic product by 0.37%. Children who receive an education are more likely to send their own children to school, preventing the transmission of poverty through generations.
If all women completed primary education, the under-5 mortality rate would fall by 15% in low and lower middle income countries, saving almost a million children’s lives every year. Going to school also allows students to learn about healthy hygiene practices, which they can bring into their daily lives.
Girls who go to school are less likely to marry early or against their will. Education empowers women to make life choices and strengthens girls’ beliefs in their ability to achieve goals.
When all children have access to quality education rooted in human rights and gender equality, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come. Education continues to be identified as one of the key conditions for determining peace within societies.
If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty – a 12% cut in world poverty
When average educational attainment by a country’s population increases by one year, it increases annual per capita GDP growth by 25%
We’ve met thousands of children and traveled to hundreds of communities, heard their stories and invested in their education, ensuring the promise of a better future.
But there are still 250 million children who need help receiving a quality education.
EFA Global Monitoring Report
Global Partnership for Education
Global Partnership for Education Results for Learning Report 2012