Why a crowdsourced library could overcome global challenges

Let’s restate the obvious just so we’re on the same page: One of the largest global challenges facing us today is worldwide poverty. Education is a key to wiping out global poverty, and adult education is a significant part of that equation.

Recent UNESCO data shows that just two more years of adult education (adults being learners 15 years of age and older) would help to lift almost 60 million people above the poverty level. If all the world’s adult population completed a good program of primary and secondary education, more than 420 million people would be above the poverty level, effectively cutting the global poverty count by more than 50 per cent.

OECD figures deepen this picture. They inform that on average, worldwide, 21 per cent of those aged 25 and above have not completed secondary education. Regarding tertiary education (university, college, advanced vocational training), just 44.5 per cent of adults between 25-34 have such degrees or certificates. 

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