Why Invest in Numeracy?
Basic numerical and mathematical skills are important to further education. They also improve the potential of individuals to find good jobs. Countries need a skilled workforce to advance in science and technology, which are in turn important factors for economic development.
But the world is facing a global math crisis. Low-income countries perform poorly in international numeracy or mathematics skills comparisons. Children in these countries sometimes cannot even recognize basic numbers.
GPE partners work closely together on numeracy and early grade mathematics. The third strategic objective in GPE’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015 aims for:
"A dramatic increase in the number of children learning and demonstrating mastery of basic literacy and numeracy skills by grade 3"
Our Global and Regional Activities program also aims to improve numeracy among GPE partner countries.