Education: around the world in charts
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From differences in school completion and literacy between wealthy and low-income countries, to policymakers’ targets and where the money comes from.
The proportion of pupils who complete lower secondary school (typically 12-15 years) has increased but in lower-income countries remains far below the global average. UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 targets completion of secondary education to specified learning outcomes by 2030
Almost 90 per cent of 10-year-olds in the poorest countries cannot read with basic understanding, compared with fewer than 9 per cent in the richest
Policymakers surveyed in 36 low and middle-income countries prioritise technical and vocational training and computers/technology above foundational learning of basic literacy skills
Funding (top to bottom): donor support is the smallest source of school financing even in poorer countries; lower-income countries spend a smaller share of GDP; donor education funding has risen more slowly than health funding