World Inequality Database on Education

The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) highlights the powerful influence of circumstances, such as wealth, gender, ethnicity and location, over which people have little control but which play an important role in shaping their opportunities for education and life. It draws attention to unacceptable levels of education inequality across countries and between groups within countries, with the aim of helping to inform policy design and public debate.
The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) brings together data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), other national household surveys and learning assessments from over 160 countries.
It allows you to compare education outcomes on 3 levels: between countries, between groups within countries, and between overlapping disparities, according to factors that are associated with inequality, including gender, location, wealth, and ethnicity.

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Key statistics


of 19-year-olds

are still in primary school in Haiti due to late enrolment


of children

living in rural areas in low-income countries transition to lower secondary education compared to 91% of those in urban areas

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of the poorest

poorest in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school compared to 70% of the richest

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