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Arab Society: Compendium of Social Statistics - Issue No. 13

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Arab Society: A Compendium of Demographic and Social Statistics, is the latest in a series of biennial compendia of the Statistics Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). It presents a broad description of Arab society, focusing on population dynamics, household composition and family formation, housing conditions, health, education, labour, poverty and inequality, and culture and social participation. Data are drawn primarily from National Statistical Offices of ESCWA member countries and supplemented by publicly accessible data from international agencies, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Not all available indicators are displayed in the body of this publication. A more exhaustive set of tables can be found on the ESCWA website.

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Education

Education is among the major factors that foster sustainable development. Formal schooling equips people with skills required by modern labour markets and is directly related to employment and wages. It also contributes to the health and overall well-being of a population. The Arab region has experienced a dramatic expansion of the education sector in recent decades. Meanwhile, because of the high population growth in the region, the number of school-aged children increases every year, necessitating an increase in both the human and the financial resources made available for education. The data used in this section have been obtained from national statistical offices and UNESCO.

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