Global population with secondary education or better increased 400% since 1970

Number of people worldwide with secondary education or better increased 400% since 1970

There are two charts I’d like to show you in this post, one better than the other. In the first chart above you can see the absolute number of people by level of education. In the second chart you can see the relative numbers as percentage of the global population.

The chart starts in 1970 when there were only around 700 million people with lower secondary or better education, while there were about 850 million with no education at all! By 2015, that number had dramatically changed to 3.36 billion people with lower secondary or better education ( that is a 5-fold increase!!!) and roughly 760 million without education. Encouragingly, this trend is expected to continue and in 2050 the numbers will have changed to an unbelievable 5.7 billion and 450 million respectively. That means that in 2050 the number of people without education will only be half of what it was in 1970 despite the fact that global population more than doubled.

Below is the chart with the relative numbers just to provide you with another view.

In 1970 about 20% of the population have no education, while another 20% have lower secondary or better education. In 2015 “only” about 11% had to live without education, while an astounding 47% had lower secondary or better education. By 2050 those numbers will be – according to the middle of the road scenario that is represented in these two charts – 5% and a whopping 62% respectively, meaning that the majority of the population will have reached a fair level of education.

Remember also that this is NOT the most optimistic scenario so we could achieve even better results if we all do our best by donating, volunteering and maybe even more importantly vote for the right political leaders. Leaders that do not engage in Xenophobia, fear mongering and protectionism in an already globalised world that is dependent on intercultural and intergovernmental cooperation.


For much more information on this topic please go to the Source at: OurWorldInData.org. The charts are licensed under CC-BY-SA by the author Max Roser.

Featured image courtesy of unsplash.com

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