Canada should make education a core theme in aid policy
UNESCO and the World Bank calculate that if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. That is a 12 per cent cut in global poverty. If all mothers completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds, saving 189,000 lives. If the enrollment for secondary schooling was 10 percentage points higher than the average, the risk of war is reduced by about 3 per cent.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits a girls' education project in Giza, Egypt.
Photograph courtesy of the United Nations.