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More Children Drop-Out from School in

Poor Countries

The number of children who drop-out is extremely related to the level of poverty of the countries. The Figure 1 is a map provided from the UNESCO that reveals the countries with lower income, in this case, are the countries from sub-Saharan Africa. (You can make click on the picture to open it and read better).


Figure 1

Graphic #2 is a comparison between the drop-out rate and the level of income from different countries. According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, 19% of children, in primary school age, from all over the world come from countries with lower income and just 3% of children come from countries with higher income. Furthermore, 38% of the students in lower secondary school age drop-out from school and 62% of students in upper secondary school age do not go to school.


Graphic # 2

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2012) there is an extreme correlation between the income and the lack of education that is demonstrated in Figure 3. This figure describes the Gross National Income (GNI) comparing it with the rate of-out-of-school. South Sudan, a very poor country, has the highest level of out-of-school (69%). In contrast, The United States has a higher income and a low rate of out-of-school.


Despite of this problem, organizations like UNICEF and UNESCO have been working hard in order to improve the life of those children that cannot study The chart below reveals how the level of out-of-school rate is decreasing since 2000.


Figure 3

As well, Figure 4 shows a prediction of what should be expected when it comes to educational outcomes of the children and adolescents from East Africa in school age by 2030.


Figure 4


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