UNESCO released the World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education last year. This 94 page document highlights gender disparities between nations. There are more than 100 maps which show the educational pathways of girls and changes in gender disparities over time. This free resource may be useful to educators in girls’ schools, to be used in classrooms or simply as a source of data for keeping informed about global gender education trends.
The data show that:
- Although access to education remains a challenge in many countries, girls enrolled in primary school tend to outperform boys. Dropout rates are higher for boys than girls in 63% of countries with data.
- Countries with high proportions of girls enrolled in secondary education have more women teaching primary education than men.
- Women are the majority of tertiary students in two-thirds of countries with available data. However, men continue to dominate the highest levels of study, accounting for 56% of PhD graduates and 71% of researchers.
The atlas also provides a fresh perspective on the progress countries are making towards gender-related targets set by the international community under Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals.