Children in class in in the school in Caiuti, Bacau county, Romania. Unicef/2018/Bell

An unfair start

Inequality in children's education
in rich countries

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Rep​ort Card is a series of reports developed by UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti in Florence, which focus on the well-being of children in industrialized countries.

This year’s report – ‘An Unfair Start: Inequality in children’s education in rich countries’ – focuses on educational inequalities in 41 of the world’s richest countries, all of which are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and/or the European Union (EU).

Using the most recent data available, it examines inequalities across childhood – from access to preschool to expectations of post-secondary education – and explores in depth the relationships between educational inequality and factors such as their parents’ occupations, migration background, the child’s gender and school characteristics.​

Download the report now.