Education data highlights

Explore a list of useful statistics on education by theme, both globally and for GPE partner countries

Global data on why education is a good investment
Global data on the missed opportunities due to the lack of education
Data for GPE partner countries

COVID-19 and education

  • Children across the world have lost an average of one third (74 days) of education each due to school closures and a lack of access to remote learning.
    Source: Save the Children, March 2021
  • As of March 2021, close to half the world’s students are out of school worldwide due to partial or full school closures linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Source: UNESCO
  • On June 1st, GPE doubled its COVID-19 emergency funding window to US$500 million to help lower-income countries mitigate both the immediate and long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on education.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
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Gender equality

  • One additional school year can increase a woman's earnings by 10% to 20%
    Source: World Bank, Returns to Investment in Education (2002)
  • 129.2 million girls worldwide are out of school (2018). This includes 32.3 million girls of primary school age, 29.9 million girls of lower secondary school age, and 67 million girls of upper secondary school age.
    Source: UIS Fact Sheet 56, p.2, September 2019
  • Twice as many girls are on the path of gender equality in partner countries.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
  • 69% of partner countries are at or close to gender parity in primary completion.
    Source: GPE Results Report 2021, p.36
  • 46% of GPE partner countries improved equity for girls, rural and poor children between 2010 and 2017, compared to 32% between 2010 and 2014.
    Source: GPE results report 2019, p.9
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Education in crisis situations

  • Each year of education reduces the risk of conflict by around 20%.
    Source: World Bank. Doing well out of war (Paul Collier), 1999 , p. 5
  • Children in fragile, conflict-affected countries are more than twice as likely to be out of school compared with those in countries not affected by conflict; similarly, adolescents are more than two-thirds more likely to be out of school.
    Source: GEM Report, Policy Paper 21, June 2015, p.2
  • 69% of children completed primary school in partner countries affected by fragility and conflict in 2019 compared to 66% in 2013.
    Source: GPE Results Report 2021, p. 36
  • 76% of GPE implementation grants were allocated to partner countries affected by fragility and conflict in 2019 compared to 44% in 2012.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
  • In GPE countries affected by fragility and conflict, the number of girls completing school for every 100 boys rose from 74 to 88 for primary, and from 67 to 83 for lower-secondary between 2002 and 2015.
    Source: GPE estimate based on UIS data
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Inclusive education

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Early childhood education

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Learning and literacy

  • 53% of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries are unable to read and understand a short age-appropriate text.
    Source: World Bank. 2019
  • In 2017, the UIS estimates that more than 617 million – or six out of ten – children and adolescents of primary and lower secondary school age do not achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics.
    Source: UIS Fact Sheet N°48, February 2018 p.12
  • 70% of partner countries with available data saw improvements in learning outcomes between 2010–15 and 2016–19.
    Source: GPE results report 2021. p.26
  • 89% of grants supported EMIS and/or learning assessment systems in 2020.
    Source: GPE results report 2021. p.6
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Quality teaching

  • By 2030, countries must recruit 69 million teachers to provide every child with primary and secondary education: 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers.
    Source: UIS factsheet #39, October 2016, p. 1
  • 67 million more children have access to quality teachers since 2002.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
  • Nearly 1.6 million teachers were trained under GPE grants between FY16 and FY20
    Source: GPE Secretariat
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Other data by theme

Child labor
Climate change and environment
Domestic financing
Economic development
Education planning
Enrollment
External financing
GPE grants
Health
Inequality
Mother tongue
Out-of-school children
Peace and tolerance
Poverty
School completion
Secondary education
Technology
Last updated: October 11, 2021