Outcome: Global Education

Examine educational differences around the world

In today’s world, some degree of education is necessary for people in most countries. Due to population growth and the proliferation of compulsory education, UNESCO has calculated that in the next 30 years, more people will receive formal education than in any prior period of human history. In fact, illiteracy and the percentage of populations without any schooling have already decreased, from 36% in 1960 to 25% in 2000.

Education in its broadest, most general sense is a means through which the aims and habits of a group of people is passed from one generation to the next. Generally, education results from any experience that affects the way in which one thinks, feels, or acts. In its narrowest, most technical sense, education is the formal process (e.g., instruction in schools) by which society deliberately passes accumulated knowledge, skills, customs, and values from one generation to the next. In this section, you’ll examine the basic educational differences that exist around the world.

What you’ll learn to do:

  • Identify differences in educational resources around the world
  • Describe the concept of universal access to education


The learning activities for this section include:

  • Reading: Education Around the World
  • Reading: Universal Access to Education
  • Self-Check: Global Education