I’ve been reading with interest the results of the 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index, which ranks New Zealand number one in education, just ahead of Australia in second place and Finland third!
The Prosperity Index™ assesses 110 countries, accounting for over 90 percent of the world’s population, and is based on 89 different variables, each of which has a demonstrated effect on economic growth or on personal wellbeing.This year’s overall leader was Norway, with New Zealand making it into the list of the top 30 “strong ranked countries”.
The Index consists of eight sub-indexes, each of which represents a fundamental aspect of prosperity. The Education sub-index demonstrates how access to education, as measured by levels of educational enrolment rates that are equal for both girls and boys, allows citizens to develop their potential and contribute productively to their society.
One of the things that intrigues me about this site is the way in which you can interact with the data to explore your own assumptions or ideas. Whatever you may think about the data itself, the prosperiscope provides the opportunity to use various filters to explore the data further, and to view the results in a range of graphical representations. I could imagine this being a very useful resource at secondary level (eg for maths with statistics, geography or economics).