The UN is reminding us that it is only 1000 days until the deadline for achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Although human development does not progress by deadlines or is dictated by a centrally constructed calendar, it is worth taking stock on how ‘global priorities’ are being discussed and acted upon.
Towards the Millennium Development Goals – 2010 MDG Summit Exhibition “EDUCATION COUNTS Towards the Millennium Development Goals” was held in New York, 9 September – 20 November 2010
These info snippets can help focus attention on the value of education. The most chilling statistic is that global military spending increased by 6% since 2008 ,even with a financial crisis. Perhaps with more effective education mixed with increased emotional intelligence we would take Costa Rica’s lead in doing away with a military budget. We could then agree that the human species has truly evolved.
Infographics designed by Zago, New York
One extra year of schooling increases an individual’s earnings by up to 10%.
$16 billion a year in aid would send all children to school in low-income countries. This is about half of the amount Europeans and Americans spend on ice cream annually ($31 billion).
171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in lowincome countries left school with basic reading skills – equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
In Kenya, if women farmers are given the same level of education as their male partners, their yields for maize, beans and cowpeas increase by up to 22%.
In Latin America, children whose mothers have some secondary schooling remain in school for two to three more years than children of mothers with less schooling.
A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age 5.
In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 1.8 million children’s lives could have been saved in 2008 if their mothers had at least a secondary education.
Women with postprimary education are 5 times more likely than illiterate women to be educated on the topic of HIV and AIDS.
Worldwide military expenditure for 2009 was $1.5 trillion. Despite the financial crisis, this represents an increase of 6% in real terms compared to 2008. The increase in aid during the same period was only 0.7%