Fact Sheet

The PaperSeed Foundation makes investments in the people who are changing the world. As such, we have several distinct areas of focus when addressing the issue of quality education. These areas of focus are: girls education, supporting innovative teachers, creative learning, building sound structures, deeper learning for all and environmental education.

If every child received an education, 170 million people would be lifted out of poverty.

The world is in the midst of a global teacher shortage with an overall need of 5.1 million new teachers by 2030.

The United States spends more money per student, per year than other developed nations, but ranks among the lowest for math and science test scores.

Only 11% of students in India who finish school go on to college.

Of the 11 countries with the lowest recorded adult literacy rates, ten are in Africa.

Overall, children from the poorest households are nearly twice as likely to die before age 5 than children from the wealthiest.

The world’s functional illiterates include more than 130 million children who do not attend school; 73 million of them are girls.

Approximately 775 million people- 64% of whom are women- are functionally illiterate.

A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.

62 million girls around the world are not in school.

One third of girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18 and 1 in 9 are married before the age of 15.

In total, 37,000 girls are married everyday.

Educating adolescent girls has been a critical factor in increasing the age of marriage in a number of developing countries.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 22% of primary aged children are not in school.

In developing countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%.

Primary education is free for all children in Kenya, but many are still unable to attend school due to a lack of transport/access and other related economic factors, such as the cost of school necessities .