Education Facts

Education Facts

One of the biggest contributors to global poverty is lack of access to education. Learn the facts about education for children in poverty and you will get a glimpse of how pervasive the problem is. The education facts tell a discouraging story of just how difficult it is for children in poverty to overcome the obstacles and escape their circumstances.

In order to effectively fight poverty, you need to understand the facts about education and how the lack of education affects children, especially girls. For instance, more than half of the world's illiterate people are women.

Compassion offers children in poverty the chance to change the facts about education one child at a time. When you sponsor a child with Compassion, your sponsorship provides school fees, uniforms, books and supplies - all things that prevent children from attending school. Your money also provides basic necessities for the family so the child does not have to work.

The education facts tell a discouraging story, but Compassion is working to change this. Through its sponsorship program, children attend school and get an education. This allows them the hope of escaping their cirucumstances and ending the cycle of poverty in their lives.

Education Facts
Education Facts Get the facts about education in developing countries and how it affects children and adults.
  • Worldwide, nearly 80 percent of primary-school-age children attend school. In least developed countries, this figure is around 66 percent.
  • The largest out-of-school population is in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 45.5 million children of primary school age are out of school.
  • Of the 67 million primary-school-age children who do not attend school, 53 percent are girls.
  • Worldwide, only 49 percent of children of secondary school age actually attend secondary school.
  • Of the 49 percent of secondary age students who do not attend school, 52 percent are girls.
  • The world’s functional illiterates include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them girls.