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Belize - Learning Poverty Brief - 2021 (English)

All children should be able to read by age 10. Reading is a gateway for learning as the child progresses through school, and conversely, an inability to read constrains opportunities for further learning. Reading proficiency is also critical for foundational learning in other subjects. In low- and middle-income countries, more than half the children cannot read and understand a simple story by the end of primary school. This learning crisis threatens countries’ efforts to build human capital and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), undermining sustainable growth and poverty reduction. Tackling the learning crisis in the foreseeable future requires rapid progress at a scale that has not been seen yet. To galvanize action on this crisis, the concept of Learning Poverty (LP) was introduced. It is a measure constructed jointly by the World Bank and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Seventy-six percent of children in Belize at late primary age today are not proficient in reading, adjusted for the out-of-school children. As in most countries, LP is higher for boys than for girls. This result is a composition of two effects. First, the share of out-of-school children is lower for boys (6.3 percent) than for girls (6.7 percent). Second, boys are less likely to achieve minimum proficiency at the end of primary school (78.2 percent) than girls (71.5 percent) in Belize.


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    Belize - Learning Poverty Brief - 2021

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    school-age child; Upper Middle Income Countries; primary education expenditure; Quality Education for All; primary school age; years of schooling; school child; Gender Gap; low schooling; expenditure per child; acquisition of skill; net primary enrollment; share of children; in school; enrollment datum; vertical line; better learning; education component; boy girls; data gaps; use policy; learning assessment; recent years; assessment system; school adjustment; population census; assessment year; literacy study; global learning; human capital; assessment data



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World Bank, UNESCO

Belize - Learning Poverty Brief - 2021 (English). Learning Poverty Brief Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.