- proportions of the adult population that have achieved various levels of education
There is a well-documented link between educational achievements, employment and income. In addition to that higher educational achievement improves health status independently of income (Macklin 1992). Education, and the related literacy and numeracy rates provide opportunities to participate in modern society. The level of education, literacy and numeracy of a population is thus an important indicator for the current and future quality of life for individuals in that population.
The level of educational achievement indicates the capacity of communities to take advantages of the opportunities offered by such achievements. Such advantages can include improved employment opportunities, better access to and use of new technologies, and an improved understanding of ecological issues, and the importance of a shared responsibility for environmental care.
Reference: Macklin J (1992) Enough to make you sick: how income and environment affect health, National Health Strategy Research paper No 1., AGPS, Canberra.