23.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

New UNESCO data proves education transforms development

• If all children enjoyed equal access to education, per capita income would increase by 23% over 40 years


• If all women had a primary education, child marriages and child mortality could fall by a sixth, and maternal deaths by two-thirds


Education has unrivalled power to reduce extreme poverty and boost wider development goals, according to highlights pre-released from UNESCO’s next Education for All Global Monitoring Report. The analysis is released ahead of the UN General Assembly discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. The highlights provide fresh proof that investing in education, especially for girls, alleviates extreme poverty through securing substantial benefits for health and productivity, as well as democratic participation and women’s empowerment. To unlock education’s transformative power, however, new development goals must go further to ensure that all children benefit equally not only from primary education but also from good quality secondary schooling.

‘The findings released confirm more clearly than ever that education can transform lives and societies for the better,’ said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. ‘The world’s education goals are very much an unfinished agenda, however. This new evidence should give us all renewed energy to complete what we set out to do.’

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