Global poverty could be cut by more than half if all adults finished secondary school, according to a new paper released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report. This translates to 420 million people being lifted out of poverty. The paper is titled Reducing global poverty through universal primary and secondary education.
Despite this confirmation of the power of education to reduce poverty, the report notes that the number of children, youth and adolescents who are out of school has remained stagnant in recent years. As of 2015, 264.3 million young people between the ages of 6 and 17 were out of school. Of these, 61 million were children of primary school age (6-11). To learn more, read this graphic and news item from the Global Partnership for Education.