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Reducing Global Poverty Through Universal Primary and Secondary Education

The eradication of poverty and the provision of equitable and inclusive quality education for all are two intricately linked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As this year’s High Level Political Forum focuses on prosperity and poverty reduction, this paper, jointly released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, shows why education is so central to the achievement of the SDGs and presents the latest estimates on out-of school children, adolescents and youth to demonstrate how much is at stake. The out-of school rate has not budged since 2008 at the primary level, since 2012 at the lower secondary level and since 2013 at the upper secondary level. The consequences are grave: if all adults completed secondary school, the global poverty rate would be more than halved.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Access to education
  • Education and training
  • SDG4 Quality Education
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Yes
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Author (corporate) UNESCO
Co-author (coorporate) UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Global Education Monitoring
Publisher UNESCO
Publication date 2017
Pagination 16
Keywords primary education,secondary education
Date uploaded March 27, 2018, 15:49 (UTC)
Date modified April 17, 2018, 11:31 (UTC)