Some 200 million young people aged between 15 and 24 years old in developing countries never finish primary school.
One in eight of those are unemployed, according to a new report published by UNESCO - and just over a quarter of those who are lucky enough to find a job earn around two dollars a day.
The UN calculates that for every dollar spent on a person's education, $10-$15 are generated in economic growth.
Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports on one groundbreaking project developed to help give school drop-outs in Egypt a second chance to escape the cycle of poverty.
Source: Al Jazeera