The focus of this year's Global Education Digest is the financing of education. The report draws attention to the fact that public spending on education is concentrated in developed countries. The United States alone accounts for more than one quarter of the global education budget. Countries like France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom have education budgets that exceed the spending on education in all of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 15 percent of the world's school-age population but combined spending on education by national governments in the region amounts to only 2.4 percent of the global education budget.
The world is at the midpoint between the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals and the 2015 target date, but without increased spending on education in Sub-Saharan Africa and other regions the goal of universal primary education is unlikely to be met.
- Announcement of the Global Education Digest 2007 by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics
- Download the Global Education Digest 2007 (PDF, 3.7 MB)
- UN Millennium Development Goals
- UNESCO releases data from 2006 education survey
- Global Education Digest 2008
- Global Education Digest 2006
- Global Education Digest 2005
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