Researchers believe that raising the level of education and supporting adult learning could assist in raising life expectancy indicators in a given country, Science Daily reports.
Life expectancy is linked to the educational level
Slovenian researcher Anica Novak reports that life expectancy has risen from around 46 years in 1950-1955 to 67 years in 2005-2010. Yet people in developing countries live on average 11 years less than citizens of developed nations.
Many studies considered issues that influence longevity. The level of healthcare, environmental problems, the availability of food, access to water and modern medical care, lifestyle, the risk of fatal diseases (such as radiation) are the key indicators defining the chance of a newborn to live into the old age.
Education is also on the list. Novak says that the high level of women’s education has a positive effect on female health and social achievements. The researcher explains that women with better education have less risk of contracting HIV, which increases the duration of their life. Educational attainments influence one’s professional career and quality of life. This increases the duration of a person’s life accordingly. Scientists have found that pregnancy among very young adolescents is linked to low education levels, insufficient income, and ulterior quality of life.
The researchers compared data from more than 180 countries in order to confirm their theory. Their task was to find out whether gender inequality has a negative impact on life expectancy, and whether a longer duration of the educational process has a positive effect. This study emphasizes the importance of raising the level of education through the promotion and encouragement of learning, not only at the stage of main education but throughout the whole life.