Education has the power to beat poverty.
- Did you know? 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries had basic reading skills by the time they left school.
- More girls are enrolled in school than ever before, from primary school to higher education.
- On average, people with better education live six years longer than their poorly educated peers in 14 countries surveyed.
- Each extra year of schooling increases a person’s earning potential by up to 10%.
But we still have a long way to go toward improving access to education…
- Globally, 123 million youth (aged 15 to 24) lack basic reading and writing skills – 61% of them are young women.
- Among 68 countries with data, the poorest young women are only projected to achieve universal literacy by 2072.
- To provide quality primary education for all in 2015, at least 1.7 million more teachers are needed in classrooms throughout 114 countries.
And not just in developing countries…
- There are 15 million illiterate employees in the United States today.
- Children who can’t read at grade level by the 4th grade are 400% more likely to drop out of high school.
- By the end of fifth grade, disadvantaged youth in the U.S. are nearly three grade equivalents behind their more affluent peers in reading.
At World Education we believe that ensuring a quality basic education is the best hope for long-term sustainable development. We empower learners of all ages with basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills. We understand the critical importance of developing reading skills at an early age, and many of our programs focus on improving access to education to reduce poverty.
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