10 Things To Know About Education Around The World

Education is a concern to most people around the globe. Whether you’re pursuing your own education, worrying about the education of your child, or educating others, education really is a pretty universal concern. Those concerns, however, vary widely depending on where you are in the world and the background you come from. Students from wealthier nations worry about what college they’re going to go to or if they can afford to go to private vs public school while students from less developed, poorer nations wonder if they’ll have access to any or enough education at all. We know that there are still a lot of out of school children around the world, 

The last thirty years or so have seen great increases in educational opportunities, participation in education, and the quality of education. But what are the numbers really looking like? Where has the most improvement happened? Or the least improvement? What about the gender gap? The handy infographic below (From CourseHero) takes a look at these questions and more. Keep reading to learn more.

Education Around The World

  1. Access to education doubled between 1970 and 2008
  2. Global access to post-secondary education has increased by 600 times during that same period
  3. Globally, literacy rates have been climbing as education systems have improved
  4. Women still maintain a lower literacy rate than men
  5. The average number of years a student spends in school has increased over the last decade
  6. The most dramatic improvements have happened in Central and Eastern Europe, and South and West Asia
  7. Primary education has suffered the most participation loss  (for both girls and boys) over the last 30 years
  8. Secondary education has experienced growth in 7 out of 8 major global regions
  9. Women now outnumber men as post secondary graduates in 78.3% of the world
  10. Out of 34 countries, the US places 14th in reading 17th in science, and 25th in math

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