420 million people would be lifted out of poverty with a secondary education, thus reducing the number of poor worldwide by more than half.
Boosts economic growth
Each additional year of schooling raises average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 0.37%.
Saves children's lives
A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of five.
Reduces fertility rates
One additional year of school reduces the probability of becoming a mother by 7.3% for women who have completed at least primary education.
Prevents disaster-related deaths
Universalizing upper secondary education by 2030 would prevent 200,000 disaster-related deaths in the 20 years that follow.
Reduces maternal deaths
If all mothers completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds, saving 189,000 lives.