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  1. As of 2012, 31 million primary-school pupils worldwide dropped out of school. An additional 32 million repeated a grade.
  2. In the sub-Saharan, 11.07 million children leave school before completing their primary education. In South and West Asia, that number reaches 13.54 million.
  3. While girls are less likely to begin school, boys are more likely to repeat grades or drop out altogether. Host a competitive book drive to benefit a shelter near you. Sign up for Stacks on Stacks.
  4. According to UNESCO, 61 million primary school-age children were not enrolled in school in 2010. Of these children, 47% were never expected to enter school, 26% attended school but left, and the remaining 27% are expected to attend school in the future.
  5. Children living in a rural environment are twice as likely to be out of school than urban children. Additionally, children from the wealthiest 20% of the population are 4 times more likely to be in school than the poorest 20%.

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  1. In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%.
  2. Women who are less educated are having more children, on average 2.5 children, over the course of their lifetime when compared to more educated women, on average 1.7 children.
  3. Women with a primary school education are 13% more likely to know that condoms can reduce their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. An education can help decrease the spreading of this virus by promoting safer sexual practices.
  4. 53% of the world’s out-of-school children are girls and 2/3 of the illiterate people in the world are women.
  5. Education empowers women to make healthy decisions about their lives. For example, women in Mali with a secondary level education or higher have an average of 3 children, while those with no education have an average of 7.
  6. The youth literacy rates in South America and Europe are among the highest with 90-100% literacy. The African continent, however, has areas with less than 50% literacy among children ages 18 and under.

Sources

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    United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. "Opportunities lost: The impact of grade repetition and early school leaving." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed april 8, 2014..

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    United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. " Global Education Digest 2012 - Interactive Data Tool ." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed April 8,2014. .

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    Board, J. "Individual Differences - Gender Equity And Schooling." Education.StateUniversity.com. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. "Reaching out-of-school Children is Crucial for Development." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed April 8, 2014..

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    UN News Center. "Facts & Figures: Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals." UN Women Watch. Accessed April 8, 2014..

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    Center for Global Development. "Education and The Developing World." CGDEV.Org. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    Cohn, D'Vera and Livingston, Gretchen. "Record Share of New Mothers are College Educated." Pew Research Center. Accessed February 18, 2015. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/10/record-share-of-new-mothers-are-college-educated/

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    AVERT. "HIV & AIDS Education for Young People." HIV and AIDS information and resources. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    Lacey, Christie. "A Worthy Investment." Opportunity International. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. "Reaching out-of-school Children is Crucial for Development." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    (CPIPR) Center for Public Information on Population Research. "The Effect of Girls' Education on Health Outcomes: Fact Sheet." Population Reference Bureau. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization. "Adult And Youth Literacy." UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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