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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. In absolute numbers China, India and the Unite States are leading the list of countries, but the enrolment rate in India with 69 per cent is below the global average, whereas in China and the USA 94 and 98 per cent are in secondary education.

Other figures in are lower: 65% in South Asia and 43% in Sub-Saharan Africa. The lowest 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) 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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