In the period from 1983 to 1986 the percentage of the developing world's GNP going to education has decreased by 10.5% according to the World Bank's "World Development Report 1988". And according to a UNESCO report spending per head on education in the 37 poorest nations of the world has declined by 50%. Educational quality is declining. Enrolments are stagnating. Students are dropping out of primary school in massive numbers. Teacher's pay is inadequate. At the same time spending on the military is 30% higher than spending on health and education combined. The children of the poor pay the most for cuts in spending on education.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
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