Studying towards a higher education qualification is stressful, and in your darker moments you might sometimes have feelings of doubt. So, to help keep you buoyed, we’ve put together a list of all the reasons why education is a force for good; for both individuals, and society at large.
We’ve done this with a little help from UNICEF Education – an organisation which campaigns for basic education and gender equality – and the facts and figures they have compiled from monitoring the impact of education on societies across the globe.
Not only are you much more likely to find employment if you’re well educated (average employment rates for adults aged between 25-64 are between 5 and 15% higher for those who have completed a higher education diploma than, those who finished education at secondary school), for every extra year completed in education, an individual will gain – on average – 10% more future earnings.
And higher education isn’t just of personal benefit, countries that have an educated workforce also profit; so much so, that for every yearly increase in a country’s average education level, GDP increases by 0.37%.
It follows that many people will be lifted out of poverty through education. However, if all students left school with just basic reading skills alone, that number would reach a staggering 171 million people. Now just imagine how that figure would rise if all those people completed higher education…
A child whose mother is able to read is 50% more likely to reach the age of five. Experts believe that this relationship between a mother’s education and her child’s health is based on an awareness of the importance of sanitisation, clean water, medical care – including vital vaccinations – and nutrition. In fact, if all the mothers giving birth today had completed secondary education, 12.2 million children would be protected from stunting.
And it’s not just the children who benefit from an education; mothers do too. Maternal mortality would decrease by 66% if all mothers completed primary school.
The benefits of girls education don’t end there; there would be 64% fewer early marriages and 59% early pregnancies if all girls completed secondary education.
Plus, if a country achieved just a 0.1% improvement in their education equality, their income per capita would increase by 23% after a 40 year period.
And last but by no means least is an improved likelihood of peace; countries with school enrolment rates that sit 10% above the world average have a 3% lower rate of war and conflict. Although that might not seem like a huge improvement, with 50 million children currently out of school because of conflict and violence, every little helps…
So, there you go! We hope we’ve provided you with a motivational boost to keep studying hard.