Under this heading you will discover a wide variety of statistical data, tools and resources.


Statistical Tables

Statistical Tables appearing in the EFA Global Monitoring Reports:


WIDE - World Inequality Database on Education

The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) highlights the powerful influence of circumstances, such as wealth, gender, ethnicity and location, over which people have little control but which play an important role in shaping their opportunities for education and wider life chances. It draws attention to unacceptable levels of education inequality across countries and between groups within countries, with the aim of helping to inform policy design and public debate.

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Major statistics repositories

Links to institutions and data bases that are major repositories of authoritative statistics.

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Background papers & Country profiles

To learn more about particular countries, regions or topics, you may also wish to consult the Background papers and Country profiles.

About EFA statistics

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Most of the data presented in these statistical tables refer to the school year ending in 2011, and are based on survey results reported to and processed by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) before the end of May 2013. For the most recent education data, please go to the UIS Data Centre.

These statistics refer to all formal schools, both public and private, by level of education. They are supplemented by demographic and economic statistics collected or produced by other international organizations, including, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Division (UNPD), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).

A total of 205 countries and territories are listed in the statistical tables. Most of them report their data to UIS using standard questionnaires. For some countries, however, education data are collected via surveys carried out under the auspices of the World Education Indicators (WEI), or jointly by UIS, OECD and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat).

Education data reported to UIS are in conformity with the 1997 revision of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). ISCED is used to harmonize data and introduce more international comparability among national education systems, but some countries may have their own definitions of education levels that do not correspond to ISCED. Therefore, some differences between nationally and internationally reported enrolment ratios may be due to the use of nationally defined education levels rather than the ISCED standard, in addition to the population issue raised above.