International Day of Education: discover worldwide trends in the Education Industry
Amsterdam, 21 January 2021 – Sunday is International Day of Education. A day in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. Time to study the numbers! BoldData presents the trends in the international Education Industry. From the rise of Business Schools worldwide to the decrease of schools in Europe.
Education Industry grows with 30%
Over the past 5 years the Education Industry has grown with 30%: from 3,071,131 organizations in 2016 to 4,025,325 in 2021. When it comes to growth, especially the rise of business schools is impressive. With more than 260,195 business schools worldwide, this group grew with 44% over the last 5 years and even 318% over the last 20 years. However, the growth spurt came to a halt last year with a growth of just 4,5%. The number of primary and secondary schools has increased with 116,249 schools worldwide (12%) over the last 5 years. The number of primary and elementary schools even doubled over the last 20 years.
Number of schools decreases in Europe in 2020
Most schools can be found on the European continent: almost 2 million. However – for the first time ever – the number of European schools decreased. In 2020 we saw a decrease of 447 schools. France tops the European list with 226,175 schools. The United Kingdom follows closely with 223,887 schools.
Fastest growth in South America
South America is doing well in the education department. The continent exhibited the fastest growth in the Education Industry. Over the last 5 years the amount of schools doubled to 628,968 schools. Brazil is at the top of the class with 424,078 schools. It’s even the country with the second highest number of schools worldwide. USA comes in first with 633,378 schools.
Work to be done in Africa
Today, 265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to attend school. Less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. The numbers show that less than 1% of the schools worldwide can be found in Africa. With a growth of 11,513 schools in the last 5 years, there is still work te be done.
 The education sector is divided in 5 groups: Elementary & Secondary schools, Colleges & Universities, Business & Secretarial schools, Vocational Schools and Schools & Educational services. The last group is the largest and covers a wide area of schools such as preschools, music schools, driving schools and tutoring schools.
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