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18 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Jews are the world’s most-educated religious group, research reveals E-mail

Jews are the world’s most-educated religious group, with an average of more than 13 years of formal schooling, according to a new study published in December.

The study, undertaken by the Pew Research Center, a USbased non-partisan “fact tank”, found that Jews worldwide have four years more of schooling on average than the next-most-educated group, Christians, who average about nine years of schooling.

One important note in the research relates to both religion and region matter for educational attainment. Within the world’s major religious groups, there are often large variations in educational attainment depending on the country or region of the world in which adherents live.

Muslims in Europe, for example, have more years of schooling, on average, than Muslims in the Middle East. This is because education levels are affected by many factors other than religion, including socioeconomic conditions, government resources and migration policies, the presence or absence of armed conflict and the prevalence of child labor and marriage. At the same time, this study finds that even under the same regional or national conditions, there often are differences in education attainment among those within religious groups.

Muslims and Hindus are the least-educated religious groups, each with about 5 1/2 years of formal schooling. The global average is less than eight years.

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