Human Development Data for the Arab States

Mean years of schooling (of adults over 25) (years)

Average number of years of education received by people ages 25 and older, converted from education attainment levels using official durations of each level.

Source: HDRO updates of Barro and Lee (2010) estimates based on UNESCO Institute for Statistics data on education attainment (2011) and Barro and Lee (2010) methodology.


Country/Region 1980 1990 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Algeria 1.7 3.3 5.5 6.4 6.5 6.7 6.8 6.9 7 7
Bahrain 4.1 6 8.3 9 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.3 9.4 9.4
Comoros .. .. .. 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8
Djibouti .. .. .. 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8
Egypt 2 3.5 4.7 5.5 5.7 5.9 6 6.2 6.4 6.4
Iraq 1.5 2.9 4.8 5.3 5.3 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.6
Jordan 3.1 5.1 7.3 8 8.1 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.6
Kuwait 4.3 5.5 6.1 6 6 6 6 6.1 6.1 6.1
Lebanon .. .. .. 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9
Libya 2.2 3.8 5.6 6.4 6.5 6.7 6.9 7.1 7.3 7.3
Mauritania 1.8 2.2 2.9 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.7
Morocco 1.2 2.2 3.4 3.9 4 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.4
Occupied Palestinian Territory .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 8 8
Oman .. .. .. 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Qatar 4.4 5.4 6.4 7 7.1 7.1 7.2 7.2 7.3 7.3
Saudi Arabia 4.2 5.5 6.6 7.2 7.3 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.8
Sudan 0.9 1.5 2.4 2.8 2.9 2.9 3 3.1 3.1 3.1
Syrian Arab Republic 2.6 4.1 5.1 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7
Tunisia 2 3.4 4.8 5.7 5.8 6 6.1 6.3 6.5 6.5
United Arab Emirates 3.1 4.3 6.9 8.4 8.6 8.7 8.9 9.1 9.3 9.3
Yemen 0 0.3 1.1 1.8 1.9 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.5 2.5
Arab States 1.9 3.2 4.5 5.2 5.4 5.5 5.7 5.8 5.9 5.9
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) 3.7 4.7 6.3 6.7 6.8 6.9 7 7.1 7.2 7.2
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) 6.8 8.1 9.2 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.5 9.6 9.6 9.6
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) 4.1 5.3 6.6 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.8
Least Developed Countries: UN classification 1.6 2.4 3.1 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.7
OECD Members 8.2 9.2 10.3 10.7 10.7 10.8 10.8 10.9 11 10.9
South Asia 1.9 3 3.7 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.6
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only) 2.3 3.4 4.1 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
World 4.9 5.8 6.8 7.2 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.3 7.4 7.4


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