The following information was taken from the report "Back to School?", produced by the Global Campaign for Education (Education International, Plan International, Oxfam, Save the Children and VSO). According to the report, Ethiopia is "teetering on the brink of an education crisis". It is one of the five worst countries in the world to be a school child. This assessment was based on 4 factors:
There is compelling evidence that failing to achieve universal education holds back economic growth. Simply getting all children into school has a direct positive impact on economic growth. Then once children are in school,ensuring that the education they receive is good quality multiplies the impact because it provides them with the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to thrive in the world. A recently completed study from 50 countries established that every extra year of schooling provided to the whole population can increase average annual GDP growth by 0.37%. Where the education is good quality, the improvement of cognitive skills increases the impact to 1%. Another survey of 120 countries from between 1970- 2000 provides compelling evidence that education consistently and significantly affects economic development and is a necessary precondition for long-term economic growth. Put simply, the better the quality of education, the bigger the impact on growth. Good quality education also provides people with the knowledge and skills that they need in order to pursue their livelihoods more effectively. Completing just four years of basic education makes a farmer an average of 8.7% more productive. Having been to school also means that farmers can adapt more quickly to new techniques and technologies. Some key statistics:
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