The Alarming Statistic of Children Who Don’t Complete Primary School
Author: Waqas Rafiq
If you were to ask any person on the street how many children in developing countries complete primary school, they would probably have an answer readily available based on their perception of global issues. It turns out, however, that most people drastically underestimate this number. In fact, in many countries of Africa, less than one-third of primary school-aged children are actually completing primary school!
How did we calculate it?
We looked at data from UNESCO and the World Bank to get a sense of how many children in developing countries are enrolled in primary school and how many finish. We found that the completion rate is around 60-70%. However, this number varies widely by region. For example, in sub-Saharan Africa, the completion rate is only 50%.
Why is this statistic important to know?
According to UNESCO, over 263 million children and youth worldwide are not in school. This is an alarming statistic because education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. When children in developing countries do not have access to education, they are more likely to grow up without the skills they need to succeed. This can lead to a lifetime of poverty and hardship. In order to make a difference, we need to ensure that all children have access to quality education. We must work together to close the education gap so that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Does the number represent a problem or not?
According to UNESCO, the number of children who don’t complete primary school in developing countries is unfortunately quite high. In fact, over 60% of children in these countries do not finish primary school. This is a huge problem because it means that these children are not getting the education they need to be successful in life.
In many developing countries, children are forced to work instead of going to school. They might work in fields, factories, or homes. Sometimes they are paid, but other times they work for nothing more than food and shelter. This is unfair and it needs to stop. These children are missing out on their education and their childhoods. We need to do something to help them.
Education as the solution
It is evident that education is the key to success. Not only does it provide children with the ability to read, write, and do the math, but it also helps them develop critical thinking skills. The benefits of education are clear. Unfortunately, not all children have access to quality education. In fact, according to UNESCO, less than 40% of children in developing countries complete primary school. This statistic is alarming for several reasons. First, it means that 60% of children in developing countries are not receiving an education. Second, it suggests that the quality of education in these countries is poor. Third, it indicates that many children are dropping out of school before they reach the age where they can receive a high-quality education.
Education must be free
In many developing countries, education is not free. Families have to pay for school fees, uniforms, and sometimes even textbooks. This can be a huge financial burden, especially for families living in poverty. As a result, many children are unable to attend a school or are forced to drop out before completing their primary education.