More than 250 million children ages 6 to 17 do not attend school, and more than half of children are not meeting global minimum proficiency standards. Rapid technological changes present opportunities for primary education, but the learning environment, capacities of teachers and quality of education have not kept pace. Refocused efforts are needed to improve learning outcomes for children, especially girls and marginalized populations in vulnerable settings (such as refugee children).
Corporations must play a role in these efforts, including by driving economic growth (education infrastructure usually follows economic growth), paying a fair share of taxes (which fund primary education), supporting a work/life balance that allows parents to be involved in their child's education, making charitable donations to schools and school-focused organizations, and involvement with local schools.
|Company ratings||Financial returns|
|Top 10 for quality primary education|
|Top 50 for quality primary education|
|S&P 500 Index|
|Bottom 50 for quality primary education|
|Bottom 10 for quality primary education|