Female education, some data
From the World Bank indicators. This is not how I’d have liked it to look like, but it’s exceedingly difficult to import data representations from the site to a blog like this, anyway I didn’t figure out how to do it and thought I’d spent too much time on it not to at least post this. Click to view in a much higher resolution:
“Primary completion rate is the percentage of students completing the last year of primary school. It is calculated by taking the total number of students in the last grade of primary school, minus the number of repeaters in that grade, divided by the total number of children of official graduation age.” The data is here.
I just took a look at some specific countries I was curious about for which data were available (there are lots of gaps in the data here, as you can tell from the graph). The world average was 75% in 1991, 78,9 in 2000 and 87,3 in 2009. Which kinda puts Afghanistan’s number of 21 % from 2005 into perspective. Note that the remainder here isn’t the number of females who don’t get a high school diploma (or equivalent); it is females who most likely haven’t really learned how to read. In case you were wondering, I did look at Somalia as another country example – this is one of those countries for which there are no data. Countries like these are not included when calculating the averages so the averages of the measures here are the high bars for these numbers, not the low bars.
The Indicators also have numbers on the gender ratios of variables like these, and that’s probably a better variable if you want to figure out if a particular country having a very low score is just an ‘ordinary’ s*#¤hole country where nobody can afford to go to school; or if it is a maledominated version of same where females just aren’t ever given the chance. Note that in some s*¤$hole countries, it’s probably the case that these numbers don’t look all that bad because the gender discrimination doesn’t take place at this specific level, but instead only kicks in later on (i.e. related to secondary or tertiary education). If you want to take a closer look at these cases there’s data for that stuff too, for example the ‘Ratio of female to male primary enrollment (%)’, ‘Progression to secondary school, female (%)’ and similar variables.
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