Young cambodian children sitting at school desks

© 2012 Sopheak Kong/World Vision

The Facts

  • 250 million children – many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds – are not learning even basic literacy and numeracy skills.1
  • 57 million primary school-age children are out of school.2
  • Educating girls and women, in particular, has unmatched transformative power.3
  • If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.4
  • Globally, one year of school increases earnings by 10%, on average.5
  • If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.6

Once equipped with the power of reading, children will have greater opportunities, become life-long learners, and realize their full potential.

  1. UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014 pg. 18
  2. UNESCO, Global Monitoring Report, Policy Report 10. (July 2013)
  3. UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014 pg. 13
  4. Ibid
  5. Ibid
  6. Ibid, pg. 15