Hindus continue to have the lowest level of educational attainment among all the major religions of the world despite having made strides in the sector, a Pew study said on Wednesday.
“Hindus have made
substantial educational gains in recent decades. Hindu adults (ages 25
and older) in the youngest generation analysed in the study, for
example, have an average of 3.4 more years of schooling than those in
the oldest generation,” Pew said.
However, Hindus still have the
lowest level of educational attainment of any major religious group in
this study, which is topped by Jews.
Globally, the average is 5.6
years of schooling, and 41% of Hindus have no formal education of any
kind. One in ten have post-secondary degrees, the report said.
the same time, despite large gains by Hindu women across generations,
Hindus still have the largest educational gender gap of any religious
group, said the report titled ‘Religion and Education Around the World
Large’ released by Pew Research Center.
In its report, running
into 160 pages, Pew said Jews are more highly educated than any other
major religious group around the world, while Muslims and Hindus tend to
have the fewest years of formal schooling.
Drawing on census and
survey data from 151 countries, the study also finds large gender gaps
in educational attainment within some major world religions. [. . .]