School life expectancy in years, primary to secondary education, 2001/02
Data source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). 2004. Global Education Digest 2004. Montreal: UIS.
Average school life expectancy in years per region, primary to secondary education, 2001/02
|Region||School life expectancy (years)|
|East Asia, Pacific||9.7|
|Eastern and Southern Africa||7.5|
|Eastern Europe, CIS||9.9|
|Latin America, Caribbean||11.7|
|Middle East, North Africa||9.2|
|West and Central Africa||6.0|
Note: Regional values are weighted by each country's population under 18 years of age.
The Global Education Digest 2004 from UNESCO contains data on school life expectancy for nearly all countries. The global average is 9.3 expected years of schooling for every child. At the regional level, the school life expectancy is highest in the industrialized countries (12.6 years) and in Latin America (11.7 years). The lowest school life expectancy is observed in West and Central Africa (6 years) and in Eastern and Southern Africa (7.5 years). Sub-Saharan Africa also has the lowest primary and secondary school enrollment rates.
Friedrich Huebler, 1 May 2005, Creative Commons License