Reducing global poverty through universal primary and secondary education

UNESCO Policy Paper 32 / Fact Sheet 44, June 2017

16 pp. 1.6 MB

A new UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come. The paper demonstrates the importance of recognizing education as a core lever for ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere.

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