Among the members of all major religions of the world, Hindus continue to have the lowest level of educational attainment, a study said. Jews top the list. A Pew study came out on Wednesday also said that Hindus showed a great improvement in attaining formal education comparing to earlier studies.
“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.
But, Hindus still have the lowest level with 41% of Hindus have no formal education of any kind. The report also said one in ten has post-secondary degrees.
According to the study named 'Religion and Education Around the World Large’, Hindus have also the largest educational gender gap of any religious group.
Muslims also tend to have the fewest years of formal schooling.
For example, Muslim women around the globe have an average of 4.9 years of schooling, compared with 6.4 years among Muslim men. And formal education is especially low among Hindu women, who have 4.2 years of schooling on average, compared with 6.9 years among Hindu menPew report
“On average, Hindu men have 2.7 more years of schooling than Hindu women, and just over half of Hindu women (53%) have no formal schooling, compared with 29% of Hindu men,” the report said.
The report based on a survey done in 151 countries also said the vast majority of the world’s Hindus live in India (94%) or in the bordering countries of Nepal (2.3%) and Bangladesh (1.2%).
“In these three countries, Hindus tend to have low levels of education; in India, Hindus average 5.5 years of schooling, while in Nepal and Bangladesh they average 3.9 and 4.6 years, respectively,” said.Pew report