Compendium of Social Statistics and Indicators, 2010-2011

Arab Society Issue No.10

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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.




The attainment of education in a population is widely recognized to be an important factor in socio-economic development. Compulsory education has therefore been a major policy goal in virtually all countries across the globe. Formal schooling equips people with skills required by a modern labour market and is directly related to successive employment and wages. It also contributes to the better health and well being of 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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