‘The findings released today confirm more clearly than ever that education can transform lives and societies for the better,’said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. ‘The world’s education goals are very much an unfinished agenda, however. This new evidence should give us all renewed energy to complete what we set out to do.’
Pauline Rose, director of the Education for All report, said: ‘The huge benefits of education are sometimes invisible to policy-makers. Today’s analysis presents undeniable proof this should change.’
Education empowers girls and young women, in particular, by increasing their chances of getting jobs, staying healthy and participating fully in society – and it boosts their children’s chances of leading healthy lives.