Originally published at TheEducator.com on 6th October 2015
Living and working in the UK, where students all have access to free education, it’s easy to take the national education system for granted and forget that there are millions of students worldwide who are denied an education.
The statistics for children who grow up without a formal education are shocking – according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics an estimated 59 million children do not go to school and around 100 million children don’t complete primary education. Furthermore, some education systems are of such poor quality that an estimated 250 million children leave school without being able to read, write or count.
A recent UN report also revealed that only 49% of the world’s children go on to attend secondary school. The statistics for adults are equally as tragic with an estimated 780 million adults, still lacking basic reading and writing skills.