An educationally deprived person is an individual whose schooling is judged to be qualitatively or quantitatively inferior as compared with what is considered necessary for achievement in a particular society. [1]  Reasons for a disadvantage in education may include: gender, poverty, early marriages, child labor, religion, worldview. The educationally disadvantaged are often offered fewer opportunities than those with formal education or with recognized qualifications.



  • According to the most recently available data, just 17.5% of Afghani women and 40% of Pakistani women were literate, compared to 43% and 69% of men, respectively. [3]

  • A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. [4]

  • Children raised in poor households often fail to learn healthy and appropriate emotional responses to everyday situations. These families fail to stabilize their children's behavior and provide the core guidance needed to build lifelong social skills.  Some people may interpret the student's emotional and social deficits as a lack of respect or manners when the child simply has a narrower range of appropriate emotional responses.[5]

  • Where an increase in educational achievement is obtained communities have lower rates of youth crime and experience less overall poverty.[6]

  • The world’s functional illiterates (someone who may have spent up to 12 years in public schools and learned to recognize some words as whole configurations but is incapable of decoding the written language [5]) include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them are girls.[7]

  • Worldwide, only 49 percent of children of secondary school age actually attend secondary school.[8]

  • The largest out-of-school population is in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 45.5 million children of primary school age are out of school.[9]