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Access to Education

Access to education refers to an individual’s capacity to attend school and, in the aggregate, the rate at which children attend and complete school. Increased education, particularly for females, is associated with reductions in fertility and child mortality and improvements in child health, as well as other drivers of economic growth. Access refers to the most basic ability to attend school and is therefore crucial to obtaining the many individual benefits and social benefits of education. This entry will define and globally measure access to schooling as well as access to education, discuss how it is measured, and describe major movements to increase access and reduce inequality in access.


The term access to education is often used to describe basic physical access to a school. For ...

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