According to recent data released by the Pew Research Center, Hindus have made substantial gains in the filed of education in the last few decades. In areas where Hindus are a small religious minority, such as countries outside the Asia-Pacific region, they are ‘highly educated.’ the report states.
“Hindus, starting from a relatively low base, have made some of the most rapid educational gains of any religious group. Across the three generations in this study, Hindus have gained an average of nearly 3.4 additional years of schooling.” the report reads.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, Hindus have 10.2 years of formal schooling, on average, compared with 5.6 years of formal schooling for non-Hindus. In Latin America and the Caribbean, Hindus have 11.4 years of formal schooling, on average, while non-Hindus in the region have, on average, 9 years of formal schooling. In Europe, the continent that is known for producing highly-skilled professionals, Hindus enjoy 15.5 years of formal schooling, on average, compared with 12 years for non-Hindu Europeans.
In North Americ, formal education for Hindus lasts for 15.9 years on average, higher than than for non-Hindus.
In the Asia-Pacific region, where the overwhelming majority of Hindus live, Hindu adults have made large gains in formal schooling. According to the report, the share of Hindus in this region with no formal education has dropped dramatically, from 57% in the older generation (born 1936 to 1955) to 29% in the younger generation (born 1976 to 1985).
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