Here are 10 interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about education.
- There is a worldwide shortage of well-trained teachers. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), 69 million teachers must be recruited to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.
- In many developing countries, people with just one additional year of schooling earn 10% higher wages.
- Globally, there are around 60 million primary school-age children not enrolled in school. About half of them will never enter school.
- Approximately 500 million women and 250 million men remain illiterate. Andorra, Finland, and Norway all have 100% literacy rates whilst South Sudan has just 27%.
- The King’s School in Kent, England is the oldest continuously operating school in the world. It was founded in 597 AD.
- The average age of teachers in Singapore is 36 years. In Italy, it’s 49
- The City Montessori School in the Indian city of Lucknow is the world’s largest school. CMS has approximately 52,000 K-12 students spread across 18 campuses.
- Many schools in Brazil begin their academic day at 7am.
- Russian primary school students spend approximately 470 hours in the classroom during the school year which is about half the hours that US and Australian primary students spend in school.
- Although no one really knows exactly, most estimates suggest that there are somewhere between 4 and 6 million schools in the world.