Developing Countries Lag Decades Behind in Global Education

May 11, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Developing countries still lag decades behind in global education

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Despite advances in student enrollment and technology, schools and educational systems in the developing world are still far behind their developed counterparts in terms of performance and retention – a full century behind, in fact.

According to research from the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, the current average level of education in poorer countries is about 100 years behind that of developed nations, meaning the average level of education in these countries is equal to what was attained in many developed countries in the early 1900s.

For the purpose of this report, “developed” countries aligned with the United Nations definition, which encompasses Europe, North America, Japan and Australia.

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