Unfair Start - Report Card on Inequality in Children’s Education in Rich Countries

Date: 7th November 2018
Category: Education, including vocational education
Author: UNICEF


UNICEF Innocenti has launched their latest Report Card titled ‘An Unfair Start: Inequality in Children’s Education in Rich Countries’.

The report examines the levels of inequalities with regards to educational opportunity from pre-school to post-secondary school in rich countries. As the basis of its analysis, the report compares the 41 richest countries, all of which are members of the European Union (EU) and/or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The report highlights some of the key drivers of inequalities which include parental occupation and family background, gender, migration and differences in schools.

It highlights areas for improvement and makes recommendations to further reduce inequalities including calls to close the gender gaps in achievement, to guarantee high-quality, early childhood education and care for all children; and for better data surrounding educational inequalities in order to understand how such inequalities develop and persist in different contexts.