World Education Facts

  1. In most developing countries, public school is not free. The costs of books, uniforms, and teachers’ salaries are borne by the students’ families.
  2. More than 226 million children do not attend secondary school.
  3. Just 16 percent of students attend private nonprofit colleges and universities.
  4. In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%
  5. If all women had primary education, there would be 1.7 million fewer malnourished children.
  6. Conflict and natural disasters have disrupted the education of 75 million children.
  7. Generations of foreign policy leaders have viewed international students as one of American’s greatest foreign policy assets.
  8. A 10 to 20% increase in women’s wages is associated with each additional year of schooling.
  9. Nearly all (98 percent) of students in a recent survey agreed that a strong understanding of world history and events is critical to developing solutions to a global problem.
  10. Only one-half of students in the U.S. study a world language compared to Europe where 90 percent of students study at least one foreign language.