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

  • 583 million children are out of school worldwide due to school closures linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Source: UNESCO
  • 407 million students from pre-primary through secondary are out of school due to nationwide school closures in developing countries.
    Source: GPE Secretariat calculations based on data from UNESCO
  • On June 1st, GPE doubled its COVID-19 emergency funding window to US$500 million to help developing countries mitigate both the immediate and long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on education.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
  • As of October 9, 2020, nationwide school closures in 15 partner countries affect 116 million children, of whom 57 million are girls.
    Source: GPE Secretariat based on data on school closures from UNESCO and on school-age population from the World Bank
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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)
  • 132 million girls worldwide are out of school (2016). This includes 34.3 million girls of primary school age, 30 million girls of lower secondary school age, and 67.4 million girls of upper secondary school age.
    Source: UIS/GEM Report Fact Sheet 48, p.5
  • Twice as many girls are on the path of gender equality in partner countries.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
  • 67% of GPE partner countries have as many girls as boys completing primary school in 2016, compared to 42% in 2002.
    Source: GPE results report 2019, 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
  • 68.4% of children completed primary school in partner countries affected by fragility and conflict in 2018 compared to 66% in 2013.
    Source: GPE Results Report 2020, p. 21
  • 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

  • In low and lower-middle income countries, around 40% of children with disabilities are out of school at primary level and 55% at lower secondary level
    Source: UNICEF, Towards Inclusive Education. The impact of disability on school attendance in developing countries. 2016
  • In 40% of partner countries, the GPE grant funds one or more activities relating to children with disabilities.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
  • Out of 35 countries with active grants in 2018, 34 mention disability, special needs, or inclusive education in education sector analyses and plans.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
  • Almost 40% of partner countries provide pre-service or in-service teacher training on inclusive education.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
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Early childhood education

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Learning and literacy

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  • 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.
    Source: GPE Secretariat
  • More than 465,000 teachers were trained with GPE funding in FY 2019.
    Source: GPE results report 2020, p.76
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Other data on education by theme

Child labor
Climate change and environment
Domestic financing
Economic development
Education planning
External financing
GPE grants
Mother tongue
Out-of-school children
Peace and tolerance
School completion
Secondary education
Last updated: October 14, 2020