South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, home to 45% of the world’s children, account for just 3.5% of global education spending.

Governments around the world spent $3.5 trillion on education in 2012.

The United States spent almost $1 trillion on education, followed by China at $330 billion and Japan at $225 billion.

Just 3.5% of global education spending was in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, home to 45% of the world’s children. This means that the average spend per child in these two regions is less than one twentieth of the spend per child in the rest of the world combined.

The graphic below shows total education spending in 2012 (or the latest available year) by country, with each country sized in proportion to its spend.

Sources: UNESCO, www.uis.unesco.org; World Bank, www.worldbank.org