Lost Potential Tracker

Imagine if you had not been able to read and understand a simple story at age 10. Where would you be today?
 
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Since 2015, 000,000,000 0 children have not gained basic literacy skills by the age of 10, missing a critical milestone to secure a better future.
Age 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Age 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Future
Access to education Good teaching Supportive learning environment Starting equal
Not in school No access to early childhood education Poor learning environment Poor support for teachers
Children under pre-COVID-19 circumstances
Children with lost potential due to COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected education everywhere. At the peak of the pandemic, 1.6 billion children were impacted by school closures.
1 dot represents 200 children
In just one hour, 10-year-olds will miss a critical milestone to secure a better future.
That's enough to fill 15 US public schools.
That's enough to fill 29 UK primary schools.
That's more than the total number of students at the University of Eswatini.
That's enough to fill 29 UK primary schools.
1 dot represents 1000 children
In just one day, 10-year-olds will miss a critical milestone to secure a better future.
That's more than twice the capacity of The Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.
That's twice the capacity of Camp Nou Stadium, the largest stadium in Europe.
That's more than four times the capacity of the National Stadium in Lagos.
That's equivalent to the population of Samoa.
Read Nankafu's and Bahati's stories from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
1 dot represents 5000 children
In just one week, 10-year-olds will miss a critical milestone to secure a better future.
That's equivalent to 50% of total secondary school enrollment in Canada.
That's equivalent to the population of Estonia.
That's equivalent to the population of Equatorial Guinea.
That's equivalent to the population of Trinidad and Tobago.
Read Barsha's story from Nepal.
1 dot represents 15000 children
In just one month, 10-year-olds will miss a critical milestone to secure a better future.
That's nearly half the population of Pennsylvania.
That's equivalent to the population of Denmark.
That's equivalent to the population of Johannesburg.
That's equivalent to twice the population of Dubai.
Read Esther's story from Nigeria.
1 dot represents 100000 children
In just one year, 10-year-olds will miss a critical milestone to secure a better future.
That's over half the population of Mexico.
That's equivalent to the population of France.
That's equivalent to the combined population of Kenya and Senegal.
That's equivalent to the population of Thailand.
Between 2015 and 2030 0,000,000,000 0 10-year-olds will miss a critical milestone to secure a better future.
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These graphs show the number of children who do not acquire basic literacy skills by age 10 (lost potential) and those who do (secured potential) by gender, income group and world region. Slide to change the year and toggle on or off the impact of COVID-19.
2015
2030
See how many children have lost and secured their potential over time
Showing 2030 Data
Lost Potential

Gender

Male
Female
  • Children with lost potential before COVID-19
  • Additional children with lost potential due to COVID-19
Secured Potential

Gender

Male
Female
  • Children with secured potential before COVID-19
  • Children whose potential is no longer secured due to COVID-19
Lost Potential

Income group

Male
Female
Low-income
Male
Female
Lower-middle income
Male
Female
Upper-middle income
Male
Female
High-income
  • Children with lost potential before COVID-19
  • Additional children with lost potential due to COVID-19
Secured Potential

Income group

Male
Female
Low-income
Male
Female
Lower-middle income
Male
Female
Upper-middle income
Male
Female
High-income
  • Children with secured potential before COVID-19
  • Children whose potential is no longer secured due to COVID-19
Lost Potential

World region

Male
Female
East Asia and Pacific
Male
Female
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Male
Female
Western Europe
Male
Female
Latin America and Carribean
Male
Female
Middle East and North Africa
Male
Female
North America
Male
Female
South Asia
Male
Female
Eastern and Southern Africa
Male
Female
Western and Central Africa
  • Children with lost potential before COVID-19
  • Additional children with lost potential due to COVID-19
Secured Potential

World region

Male
Female
East Asia and Pacific
Male
Female
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Male
Female
Western Europe
Male
Female
Latin America and Carribean
Male
Female
Middle East and North Africa
Male
Female
North America
Male
Female
South Asia
Male
Female
Eastern and Southern Africa
Male
Female
Western and Central Africa
  • Children with secured potential before COVID-19
  • Children whose potential is no longer secured due to COVID-19
Lost Potential

World region

Male
Female
East Asia and Pacific
Male
Female
Europe and Central Asia
Male
Female
Latin America and Carribean
Male
Female
Middle East and North Africa
Male
Female
North America
Male
Female
South Asia
Male
Female
Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Children with lost potential before COVID-19
  • Additional children with lost potential due to COVID-19
Secured Potential

World region

Male
Female
East Asia and Pacific
Male
Female
Europe and Central Asia
Male
Female
Latin America and Carribean
Male
Female
Middle East and North Africa
Male
Female
North America
Male
Female
South Asia
Male
Female
Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Children with secured potential before COVID-19
  • Children whose potential is no longer secured due to COVID-19

Lost Potential Tracker

Go back to the problem

How can we get out of this global learning crisis?

Effective funding with a focus on those most at risk is one way out. See the positive effect this can have on a child's future.
Children under pre-COVID-19 circumstances
Children with secured potential due to increased effective, targeted funding
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Step into the shoes of a decision-maker. How much funding would you allocate from today to 2030 to ensure that every 10-year-old can secure a better future?

Funding allocated to income groups

The World Bank classifies the world's economies into four income groups based on the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. They are:
  • High (> US$12,535 GNI/capita, e.g. USA)
  • Upper-middle (US$4,046 - US$12,535 GNI / capita, e.g. Brazil)
  • Lower-middle (US$1,036 - US$4,045 GNI/capita, e.g. Vietnam
  • Low (< US$1,036 GNI/capita e.g. Mali).
US$0

Low-income

US$0

Lower-middle income

US$0

Upper-middle income

US$0

High-income

This amount of funding could help set 0 children on the path to acquiring basic literacy skills by age 10, helping secure their futures.

Which means that in the long-run...

0 people could be lifted out of extreme poverty

Quality education provides children with the skills to increase employment opportunities and income. It is one of the best routes out of extreme poverty.

US$0 could be added to global GDP

Quality education leads to better jobs, which help grow local and global economies.

US$0 could be added to government revenue

Quality education leads to better jobs, which help increase government revenue through tax collection.

0 number of lives could be saved

Quality education means that fewer children die in childbirth and more children are immunized, helping to save lives.

0 girls could be prevented from early marriage

Quality education leads to fewer girls being married early and allows them to pursue opportunities.

0 future children could be prevented from stunting due to malnutrition

Quality education reduces stunting as educated parents ensure that their children receive more nutritious meals.

So what can be done?

  • Adequately fund education from all sources
  • Ensure that funding is spent effectively with a focus on those most at risk