16 Fascinating Facts About Education From Around The World

Here are some interesting facts about education that you can share with your child.

By Parama Gupta  • 7 min read

16 Fascinating Facts About Education From Around The World

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’  - Nelson Mandela

Indeed, education is of paramount importance in an individual’s life and is one of the pillars on which a nation’s present and future stands. And, as a parent, you are always looking out for good resources to make sure your child receives the best education.

Here we give you a few interesting trivia about education from around the world:

  1. India houses the largest school in the world, in terms of the number of students located in one school. The City Montessori School in Lucknow has more than 32,000 students.
  2. The world’s oldest school is The King’s School in Canterbury, England, founded in 597 AD. Well-known British writer Somerset Maugham and playwright Christopher Marlowe are products of this school.
  3. Children in Finland begin schooling only at the age of seven. Moreover, Finland regularly tops rankings of school systems around the world conducted by the World Economic Forum every year, thanks to its ‘no banding system’ and relatively low pressure on academic work.
  4. Schools in Chile have the longest duration of summer vacations, which start from the middle of December and end in the first week of March. This means, three whole months away from school! Shhh, don’t tell your children!
  5. Around 90 per cent of government schools in Bangladesh run in two batches to accommodate all the children in schools. While one batch of students attend school in the morning, the other does so in the afternoons.
  6. Remember the adorable school kids from the film ‘Children of Heaven’? Now here’s an interesting fact from Iran, where this movie was shot. Schools in Iran are either all-girls or all-boys institutions. Co-education is an option only at the college level.
  7. Nalanda University in India, which was established in 5 AD, is the oldest university in the world. However, the world’s oldest university in continuous operation is the University of Karueein in Morocco, founded in 9 AD.
  8. The ancient education system of India is the pioneer in several areas of study. The number system, place value system, the concept of zero, trigonometry, algebra, calculus – all originated in India! And, what’s more, India is also the birthplace of Ayurveda, the oldest school of medicine in the world.
  9. With close to 70 million enrolments into institutes of higher education, India boasts of having the largest higher education sector in the world.
  10. The Indira Gandhi National Open University, one of the largest distance education institutions in the world, accounts for nearly 30 per cent of India’s higher education enrolment.
  11. Now, this fact is not so encouraging - Indian students contribute only 3 per cent to the world’s research in the field of science and engineering. The United States leads in this area, producing around one-third of the world’s total research in these fields.
  12. An estimated 59 million children in the world, belonging to the primary school age group, are not actually enrolled in schools.
  13. Around 12 per cent of the world’s population is believed to be lacking in functional literacy.
  14. Countries in South America and Europe boast of the highest youth literacy rates in the world accounting for about 90 to 100 per cent literacy.
  15. Around 3 per cent of India’s GDP is spent on education as against the average expenditure of 5.8 per cent of GDP by developed countries.
  16. China is the favourite destination for Asian students to pursue higher education. With around 70,000 Chinese students pursuing higher studies in other countries, China also holds the distinction of sending the highest number of students abroad for higher education.

Discuss these interesting trivia with your children to give them a perspective on education in the world and where India stands in terms of literacy and educational achievements. 

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