South Korea Replaces Japan as the World's Best Educated Country in NGOs Global Rankings


Camden, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/05/2015 -- NJ MED, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) member of theUnited Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs, declares South Korea the World's Best Educated Country in their Second Annual World Top 20 Education Poll. The poll ranks over 200 nation's education systems, from early-childhood enrollment to college graduation rates.

NJ MED, a US based NGO, developed the global ranking system to serve as a single body to oversee every child is afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential. By using their ranking system's data base to work with nations to strengthen their education systems; and to link their governments with international organizations like the United Nations, FIFA and the World Bank, to support local NGOs in helping communities and villages in economic planning and development.

To measure nation's educational efforts and outcomes, the Poll's data are gathered and calculated from 5 major International education data basis:

- the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which ranks 65 nations in their annual index report from their Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study.
- Combining with the United Nation's Economic and Social Council (UNESOC) 54 member's countries education results,
- the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) 187 nations study,
- the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 59 nations studies and
- Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS) 46 nation report.

The Poll's data results are then sent to the nation's Ministries of Education and Department of Education to confirm its accuracy.

This year's winner South Korea overtakes last year's winner Japan by one single point in the poll's ranking system. In measuring outcomes from early-childhood enrollment rates, proficiency level test scores in math, science and reading for both elementary and middle-school students, as well as, their high school and college graduation rates.

Top nation's like the United Kingdom, Russia and Germany are also represented in this year's poll top 10; with other major countries like China and the United States of America in the bottom half. No African nation or superpower like India and North Korea, not even making the list.

NJ MED's Executive Director, Albert Mitchell II, said," With over 60 million children not in school today, we hope the World Top 20 Education Poll's ranking system will encourage more countries to invest in education and assure students can attend schools safely."

Mr. Mitchell II, added "To do this, we need countries to help gather and share more information, so that we can link them with more support services. We see what is happening around the world in nations like Nigeria and Pakistan, with more transparency, we can stop and prevent these human rights violations, and instead focus on developing social structures that will sustain economic growth for nations."

For more information on this year's World Top 20 Education Poll results, and learn how you can support the poll's mission, please visit NJ MED's website at

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