Educational Impacts of Compassion Sponsorship

Dr. Bruce Wydick explains that former Compassion sponsored children are more likely to finish secondary and university education than their non-sponsored peers.

Educational Impacts of Compassion Sponsorship
Video Transcript

What impact did Compassion sponsorship have on a child’s educational opportunities?

“In general, what we found in regard to educational outcomes were that being a sponsored child results in about 1 to 1 and a half years of additional education.

“We see impacts that are - the greatest impacts that we see are the secondary school level where we see impacts that reflect about a 12 to 18 percentage point increase in the probability of completion, and that’s over a baseline of about 45%. What it means is that the causal affect of Compassion sponsorship is between a 27% and 40% increase in the probability of secondary school completion in the 6 countries in which we did our study.

“We also find impacts on university completion of about 2 to 3 percentage points. That seems very small, but the baseline level of university completion is obviously going to be very small with a sample of impoverished households in developing countries. It was only about 5% or so. Actually what we find is that Compassion sponsorship more than doubles the probability of the student graduating from college, which is a sizable impact.”