Education for the Future Tyler tam


Universal education has been on the rise during the last couple decades. However, a lack of government funding, untrained teachers, inadequate supplies, and being the "wrong" gender has put up set up obstacles to achieve universal education.

Lack of Government Funding

Total aid delivered for basic education has undergone a 16% reduction between 2009 and 2012.

The 59 developing countries that are GPE partners face a funding shortage of $34 billion over the next four years for primary and secondary education.

Untrained Teachers

Many of the teachers that are currently working world-wide are untrained, causing for students to fail when they enter into higher education.

5.1 million trained teachers are needed to achieve universal lower secondary education by 2030.

Inadequate MaterialsÁfrica

Outdated and falling apart, textbooks are often shared by six or more students in many parts of the world.

In Cameroon, there are 11 primary school students for every reading textbook and 13 for every mathematics textbook

Being Born a woman

Over 100 million young women living in developing countries are unable to read a single sentence.

At least one in five adolescent girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict and discrimination.

Part 2

A push toward education

Adoption of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, has promoted universal education.

57 million children are without primary school education. It is down from 100 million in 2000 world wide.

Literacy Rates of the Youth

Global youth literacy rates have improved over time from 83.3% (1985-2004) to 89.6% (2005-2010), an increase of 6.3 percentage points. Most importantly, impoverished counties in South Asia from 58% to 79.5% - around 10% of young individuals emerge from the education system without basic literacy skills.

Government Aid

In 2015 alone the US spent around $70 billion on education, yet they spent more than 8 times that on keeping up the military

The average OECD nation spends around $9,313 per student per year in education

The average spending of all countries with data is 15.4%. However, the top 10 countries who spend less than 10% maintain enrolment rates

Lack of Teachers

82% of teachers say their workload is unmanageable

In 27 states, the average teacher’s salary today has declined by about 1.3% since 1999

Inadequate Materials

Five countries spend more than 90% of total expenditures on salaries. High recurrent expenditure leaves little room in public spending for school construction and supplies.

There is a warning of a lack of spending on textbooks by governments, with some using less than 1% of education budgets on books.

The lack of availability of textbooks from schools means that many families would have to pay for their own copies, which would be unaffordable to the poorest.

"The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school." - National Commission on Reading, 1985

Women's Education

In sub-Saharan Africa, over 12 million girls are at risk of never receiving an education. In Yemen, it is more than 80% of girls who will never have the opportunity to go to school.

In 2010 the basic literacy rate for young females was 87%, compared with 92% for young males.

Part 3

Although India is the 4th most powerful country in the world, their literacy rate is only around 74.04% (24th in the world). Their lack of proper education has hampered their economy from growing.

The biggest challenge that lies within the education system in India is the quality of education that is been delivered to the students, as most of the education that is delivered to students in India is generally theoretical in nature, its lacks the practical aspect.

More than 80% of schools in India are managed by the government.

As of 2015, the government of India is spending only 3% of country's GDP on education. Is this sufficient considering 29% of India's population is below the age of 14

In India, 50% of the children who complete primary education cannot actually read according to the 10th Annual Status of Education Report

The literacy rate in India for men was 82.14% whereas for women it was 65.46%.

Women who don't have an education are more likely to not emphasize education to her children.

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