“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan
When you ask any parent what they want for their child, most would say they hope for a better life through education. It is not just a belief and saying that “Knowledge is power” as some of the most powerful countries in the world are proven to have the most educated citizens as well.
The United States for example has been dominating rankings of the best colleges in the world, but is sixth for adult education level according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
A country’s adult education level is defined by the OECD as the percentage of people between ages 25-64 who have completed some kind of tertiary education in the form of a two-year degree, four-year degree or vocational program.
Canada then tops the list with over 56 percent of adults who have earned some kind of education after high school.
Prime Minister for Canada, Justin Trudeau noted at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, “We need education to enable people to learn, think, and adapt. Our natural resources are important, and they always will be. But Canadians know that what it takes to grow and prosper isn’t just what’s under our feet, it’s what’s between our ears.”
There is an estimated 33 percent of American adults who possess a bachelor’s degree or more.
The 10 most educated countries are:
- Canada – 56.27%
- Japan – 50.50%
- Israel – 49.90%
- Korea – 46.86%
- United Kingdom – 45.96%
- United States – 45.67%
- Australia – 43.74%
- Finland – 43.60%
- Norway – 43.02%
- Luxembourg – 42.86%
The Philippines is now 46th out of 63 countries surveyed, an improvement from the 50th spot in 2018.
This gives us hope that as Filipinos continue to gain education, the nation could then grow to be more powerful. This means progress not just in society, but most importantly to the roots of every Filipino family.