Why is education so important?

…….the importance of education and why it matters so much to society…..

  • In the UK, the link between low social-economic background and poor educational attainment is greater than in almost any other developed country - Source - TeachFirst
     
  • An educated world is a healthier and more humane world for all
     
  • Education is linked with happiness and wellbeing as well as mental and physical health and life expectancy. 
     
  •  “The more you learn the more you earn” - In developing low income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10% - with a huge knock-on effect of increased productivity and economic growth. 
     
  • "If all adults could complete secondary education, the economic benefits would lift 420 million out of poverty, reducing by two-thirds the numbers in poverty in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa" – Source UN
     
  • You are more at risk of spending time not in education, employment or training (NEET) if you have no qualifications.  And statistics show that spending time NEET is a major predictor of later unemployment, low income, depression and poor mental health.
     
  • Education matters to society – it is linked to crime rates and the economy.  Over 50% of all males and 70% of all females in the adult prison population had achieved no qualifications at school or college. 
     
  • Education-related inequalities have an impact over a person’s life-span, not just in childhood
     
  • No child’s educational success should be limited by their socio-economic or geographical background
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