WE BELIEVE THAT QUALITY EDUCATION CHANGES EVERYTHING
Around the world, far too many children are not in school. Globally, 57 million primary-aged children are not in school.
Due to diverse barriers, not enough children stay in school.
Progress is being made, however slowly. Globally, primary school enrollment has increased from 84% in 1999 to 91% in 2010. However, secondary school attendance remains low – 23% in Guatemala, 54% in India and 41% in Kenya. Low rates are due to limited space, low value on education, and the high costs of secondary school.
Millions of children who are in school are not learning.
National education systems are overwhelmed in the race towards universal access to education. Classrooms are too full and educators are ill-equipped, poorly paid, and inadequately supported. Scores show that most students are not gaining the minimum literacy and numeracy skills during primary school, causing parents to question the value of their children continuing to attend.
Quality education drives economic and social change.
Education has significant social and economic returns. But simply the number of years in school is not enough. It is the acquisition of knowledge and skills (cognitive and behavioral) achieved through quality education, rather than schooling alone that promotes employ-ability, productivity and growth.