- Children stay longer in school compared to 30 years ago -
Education is a basic right nowadays and most countries have managed to increase the access to education in the last 30 years. One way to measure this is the number of expected years of schooling:
How many years of schooling would a child of school entrance age receive if the current age-specific enrollment rates persist throughout the child's years of schooling?
In the chart below, the height of a bar represents the number of countries that fall within each range of expected school years. If you switch between and you can see this shift: more countries have a higher number of expected school years in 2020, compared to 2019.
In the map below most countries have a chart that on the vertical axis shows the evolution of the expected school years from 1990 to 2021. Some countries don't have data. The number of school years is encoded in both the color and the length of the bars, to make it easier to read:
Wide and blue bars mean more expected school years and shorter and light orange mean fewer expected school years.
In 1990, the country with the lowest number of expected schooling years is with approximately 2 schooling years. By 2021, the number of expected schooling years grew to 7. In developed countries like the indicator varies from 17 years in 1990 to 21 in 2021. In most countries the number of expected schooling years grew from 4 to 8 years. The exceptions are countries with wars or conflicts. For example, in we can see a drop in 2013, after the Syrian Civil War started.