Education—particularly for girls—has been shown to be one of the most powerful tools for breaking the cycle of poverty, increasing economic opportunity and reducing the spread of disease in developing nations. Nevertheless, this year nearly 80 million children will be deprived of a primary school education. Hundreds of millions more young people will be denied a secondary education or a quality learning environment. Too often, the barriers are extreme poverty, school fees, child labor, conflict or the loss of parents due to HIV/AIDS. Educational quality and access remain undermined by unpredictable resource streams and a scarcity of trained teachers.
Significant progress can be made. Enrollments in developing nations have increased with the elimination of school fees. Several inspiring programs have taken education to girls in extremely poor, remote areas.
This database, sponsored by the Office of Education of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), allows users to search the international education statistics compiled by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS).