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How Can We Close the 100-Year Gap in Education?

30 APR 2015
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The UN’s 15-year goal to provide every child with a primary education was successful in many ways. More young people are in school than ever before in history (90% of school children around the world), however, there are still developing areas of the world where access to education is scarce or even non-existent. But now, recent research has determined that the education gap between children living in developing countries and children in the developed world is much bigger than imagined.

Researchers have determined that students in today’s poorest countries are today receiving a similar depth and length of education that students in the West received in the early 1900s. This means that the developing world is trailing behind by approximately 100 years.

Data from 2010 from the Center for Universal Education at Bookings showed that in developed countries, older students attend school for twice the length of time as a student in a developing country (12 years vs. 6.5 years). The Center also determined that 1.6 billion people in the developing world will need 85 years to catch up to the level of education currently in place in developed countries.

For now, the job of education professionals is to find a way to speed up this process and skip through several stages of this timeline. The faster education develops in poorer countries, the faster these countries can improve their economy, healthcare system and more—and eventually join the developed world.

Source: BBC News