A Global Problem

In countries around the world, where children are born determines the kind of education they’ll receive and, ultimately, their options in life.

ESTADÍSTICAS NACIONALES

EDUCATIONAL INEQUITY IS A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM
IN RICH AND POOR COUNTRIES ALIKE
 
The world’s most disadvantaged kids have the least access to quality education. When they do attend school, they often don’t receive the extra support and high expectations they need to beat the odds. Millions of children leave school every day without the skills they need to attain financial security and be informed, contributing citizens with real prospects for the future.
Why does it matter? Educational inequity is everyone’s problem.
 
THE CONSEQUENCES OF EDUCATIONAL INEQUITY AFFECT
INDIVIDUALS, COMMUNITIES, AND OUR LARGER SOCIETY
 
Educational inequity contributes to higher unemployment and weaker economies.
The cost of Pakistan’s education crisis is equivalent to that of a devastating flood every year—100 billion rupees.
 
Educational inequity sustains crime and violence.
In the United States, a male high school dropout is 47 times more likely to be incarcerated than a college graduate.
 
Educational inequity fuels prejudice that starts in the classroom and perpetuates injustice and conflict across borders.
When a country’s secondary school enrollment rate is 10% higher than average, its risk of civil war decreases by 3%.
 
Educational inequity perpetuates poverty.
If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, the number of people
living on less than $1.25 a day would be reduced by 12%—lifting 171 million people out of poverty.
 
 
A GLOBAL PROBLEM REQUIRES GLOBAL ACTION
 
A world of expanding educational opportunity and decreasing disparities is a more prosperous, peaceful, and sustainable world where more children have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.
Because education is a shared global value, we can improve it by working together despite our differences and across country lines.