Arab Society: A Compendium of Social Statistics - Issue No. 11

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The Compendium of Social Statistics and Indicators is a biennial publication published by the Statistics Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). It typically focuses on such areas as population, education, households and family, human settlements, health and economic activity. In the hope of widening the audience of this publication, the eleventh issue is intended not only as a reference for policymakers and other officials, but also as a snapshot of trends in the region for readers with an interest in the social climate of Western Asia, including academics, students, journalists and the general public.




The attainment of education in a population is widely recognized as an important factor in socio-economic development. Compulsory education has therefore been a major policy goal in virtually all countries across the world. Formal schooling equips people with the skills required by a modern labour market and is directly related to employment and wages. It also contributes to better health and well-being among a population. Data on education are important for designing education policies and plans. As fertility rates are high in Arab countries, the number of pupils increases annually, which necessitates an increase in both human and financial resources for education.


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