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What is compulsory in some territories is a rarity in others. Worldwide approximately 535 million children aged 11 to 16 are enrolled in secondary education, around 73 per cent.

Out of the 27 per cent of children not in secondary education the highest number  can be found in India, with 47 millions total more than the three runner-ups Nigeria, Pakistan and Ethiopia combined.

In relative terms other countries are doing worse,  35% in South Asia and 57% in Sub-Saharan Africa are not in Secondary education. The lowest rate is 17% in the Central African Republic.



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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportional to the secondary school-age population (age 11 to 16) not attending secondary education in the period 2010-1015. 

Data sources
This map uses data from the 2016 United Nations Human Development Report and population estimates from the 2017 World Population Prospects (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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